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Coastal will take on BYU Saturday instead of Liberty following issues regarding COVID-19 inside Liberty's football program. Kickoff for BYU-Coastal is set for 5:30 p.m. Photo by Ian Livingston Brooking

Renewing the Coastal Carolina-Liberty rivalry will have to wait.

The matchup of the two Top 25 football programs has been canceled because of "COVID-19 protocols and precautions within the Flames' program," according to a news release from Coastal Carolina Athletics. Instead, the Chanticleers will take on No. 8 BYU on Saturday at Brooks Stadium at 5:30 p.m.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Liberty quarterback Malik Willis tested positive for COVID-19, according to a report from A Sea of Red.

Early Thursday morning, Liberty announced it was pausing all team-related activities due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the football program. 

ESPN's College GameDay will still be at Coastal Saturday, according to the university. The popular sports show arrived in Conway Wednesday to set up ahead the Chants' matchup with Liberty, which was to be the first meeting of the former rivals since 2016. 

Check back for updates.

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TommyMB

That’s ok. National coverage for playing a higher ranked team will be good. Only problem I see is time to review BYU’s tapes, but is their problem as well. Go Chants 🏈🇺🇸⛳️⛱

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