MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis paused all football activities Friday after a number of people connected to the football program tested positive for COVID-19.
This is a bye week for the team, so no games are currently impacted. Next week’s game is TBD.
What exactly this means for the rest of the season is still to be determined.
The Tigers' next game was slated for next Friday at the Liberty Bowl against Houston. The school said the status of that game will be released early next week after talking with the AAC COVID-19 medical advisory group.
All football activities are shut down for now, just one week after opening the season last week against Arkansas State.
The school said the positive tests and contact tracing indicates that most of the cases have been linked to social events outside of official football activities.
There are no serious cases at this time, the university said, and all student-athletes and staff affected are being closely monitored.
The university released the following statement:
The University of Memphis has announced that a number of individuals connected with the Tigers' football program tested positive for COVID-19. These positive tests, along with contact tracing efforts, dictate that a significant number of individuals enter quarantine in accordance with CDC guidelines.
Due to these circumstances, the football team has paused all practice and group activities and will unfortunately not be able to participate in today’s Unity Walk hosted by the University of Memphis.
There are no serious cases at this time, but all student-athletes and staff affected are being closely monitored. The positive tests and subsequent contact tracing indicate that the majority of cases have been primarily linked to social events outside of official football activities.
More detail, including the status of the game against the University of Houston scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, will be provided early next week after consulting with the AAC COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group.
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