MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis football program will resume practice Saturday after pausing due to a COVID-19 outbreak, a U of M spokesperson confirmed Friday.
The Tigers paused all football activities last Friday, Sept. 11, after a number of people connected to the football program tested positive for COVID-19.
Thursday, the SCHD said it is working with the University of Memphis to investigate clusters of COVID-19 on campus.
135 students at the U of M tested positive for the virus in August and September, according to a health department, according to SCHD Chief of Epidemiology David Sweat.
SCHD reported Wednesday that there are two clusters presently; 42 are associated with the athletics department and 4 are associated with the POM Cheer/squad.
Memphis athletics released the following statement:
In total since June 5, the athletic department has conducted over 3500 COVID-19 tests and has had 81 positive results, with 46 being considered active. All others have fully recovered. Due to privacy concerns, names will not be released, and impacted sports will not be identified. However, a recent report that attributed 42 current cases to the football program is significantly overstated.
The game between the University of Houston and the University of Memphis, scheduled to take place today (Sept. 18) was officially postponed. The AAC will schedule the Memphis vs. Houston game for a later date, though that date has not been decided at this time.
The Tigers’ next scheduled game is against the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadnrunners at San Antonio on Sept. 25.
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