Report: Nebraska secures own rapid-response COVID-19 tests
Nebraska still doesn’t know what the football season will look like, just like the other 13 B1G teams in the conference, but the university is preparing to be able to play as early as possible. And it took a big step in that direction on Thursday.
According to a report from Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska has “secured rapid-response, point-of-care antigen tests for a potential upcoming season.” That could be huge for the conference, as it’s still deciding when it will restart the 2020 football season.
On Aug. 11, the B1G became the first Power 5 league to postpone the college football season.
Per the report, Nebraska’s Dr. Scott Koepsell believes the new testing model would allow for football to be played safely, regardless of when it returns.
“Dr. Koepsell has been an absolute rock star for us,” said Nebraska football chief of staff Gerrod Lambrecht. “I don’t know how we would have made it through the last few months without this guy.”
According to McKewon’s story, the rapid-response testing model at Nebraska mirrors what has already been implemented in the professional sports leagues that have returned to play, and will soon be coming to the Pac-12. It would also mean the Huskers could accommodate game day opponents.
There’s still been no word from the B1G on what the college football season will look like, or if a fall season is still possible. But for Nebraska, this could be a game changer.