Barry Lunney Jr. coaching UTSA for Jeff Traylor in First Responder Bowl due to COVID-19

Tim Buckley
Lafayette Daily Advertiser

UTSA plans to be without coach Jeff Traylor for its First Responder Bowl meeting with the No. 17 Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns due to two positive COVID-19 tests.

Traylor was not scheduled to travel with the Roadrunners for their game Saturday (2:30 p.m., ABC) at SMU’s Gerald R. Ford Stadium in Dallas.

Traylor learned of a first positive test for coronavirus Wednesday afternoon and received a second positive test result Thursday afternoon, the team said in a statement Thursday.

With Traylor unavailable, associate head coach/offensive coordinator Barry Lunney Jr. planned to serve as acting head coach for UTSA’s first postseason game since its 2016 New Mexico Bowl loss to New Mexico.

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Lunney is a former assistant at Arkansas, San Jose State and Tulsa who played quarterback for the Razorbacks from 1992-95.

Traylor – a former Arkansas, SMU and Texas assistant – is in his first season coaching the Roadrunners (7-4).

The Cajuns (9-1) are playing their third straight postseason game under third-year coach Billy Napier. UL lost the 2018 Cure Bowl to Tulane and beat Miami (Ohio) in last season’s LendingTree Bowl.

Nov 21, 2020; Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA; UTSA Roadrunners head coach Jeff Traylor talks to his players in the first quarter against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at M.M. Roberts Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

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