The start of the 2020 college football season could be delayed after it was revealed that 23 players from Clemson Tigers tested positive for COVID-19.
In the official statement given by Clemson University, it was said that 315 students and members of the staff were tested for COVID-19 last month. The latest results show that 28 of them tested positive, a majority of whom are a part of the Clemson Tigers football team.
23 Infected Clemson Footballers Show No Signs of COVID-19
A Clemson University spokesman told CNN that none of the cases has been showing any symptoms. None of the infected players requires hospitalizations.
Still, due to the fact that they pose a risk to other people in the area, they will have to keep themselves distanced for the next few weeks. What this practically means is that there is no football training for those players until, at least, late July.
Clemson Tigers is not the only team with players testing positive for coronavirus. The University of Tennessee also reported that one of their student-athletes has contracted the disease. Although the name has not been released, it was suggested that the athlete in question belongs to the basketball team.
Could This Trigger the 2020 NCAAF Season Postponement?
The regular season of the 2020 NCAAF is scheduled to begin on August 29 with six Week Zero games. The first one of those is the one taking place at the Arizona Stadium in Tucson, where Arizona Wildcats are going to welcome Hawaii Rainbow Warriors.
The other five games scheduled for the same week are the following:
- Marshall Thundering Herd vs. East Carolina Pirates at Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC
- California Golden Bears vs. UNLV Rebels at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, NV
- Idaho State Bengals vs. New Mexico Lobos at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque, NM
- New Mexico State Aggies vs. UCLA Bruins at Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA
- UC Davis Aggies vs. Nevada Wolf Pack at Mackay Stadium in Reno, Nevada
With slightly more than two months left before the scheduled start of the new season, the question remains whether some changes to the schedule will be implemented. College football was one of a few competitions not to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, at least not on a grand scale.
The previous season finished with the 2020 Playoff played on January 13. The game saw LSU Tigers beating the reigning champions Clemson Tigers and grabbing the title of the champion. It two about two more months before the pandemic caused US sports to go on a break.
With the pandemic slowing down, everyone’s hoping that coronavirus will not have any impact on sports in the future.