Wisconsin cancels second Big Ten football game amid COVID-19 outbreak
The University of Wisconsin has canceled its second Big Ten football game and will no longer play Purdue on Saturday, citing concerns about an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
The school has reported 27 active cases among 15 athletes and 12 staff members since Oct. 24 and released a statement Tuesday saying that all football activities would remain paused due to the coronavirus outbreak, CBS Sports reported.
While the school does not release details about players’ information, it has been reported that the team’s quarterback and backup quarterback are among the active cases.
Coach Paul Chryst is also among the infected staff members.
The Big Ten’s protocols dictate infected players must sit out 21 days from the date of their initial positive antigen test.
“I share in the disappointment of our student-athletes and staff,” Badgers athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement
“We have seen a level of improvement in our testing numbers, but not enough to give us confidence to resume normal activities and play our game on Saturday,” Alvarez added.
The Big Ten is playing a condensed eight-game regular season format. Due to its canceled match-ups that cannot be scheduled, Wisconsin must play the rest of its games this season to be eligible to compete in the Big Ten Championship game.
If other teams cancel more games, the conference reportedly might use a rounded average number of games played per team to adjust the minimum rule.
“We will continue to test regularly, take the proper health-related precautions and look forward to getting our team back on the field as soon as possible,” Alvarez said.
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