Bruce Feldman provides update on outbreak at Ohio State, status of next week's game vs. MSU
Just hours after the news that Ohio State head coach Ryan Day had tested positive for COVID-19 and was in isolation, it was announced that the Buckeyes game scheduled for Saturday against Illinois was cancelled.
Additional positive tests were revealed Friday evening and OSU athletic director Gene Smith, university president Kristina M. Johnson and head team physician Dr. Jim Borchers made the decision to cancel the game, with consultation with the Big Ten.
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In addition to the game, the program has paused all team-related activities indefinitely, until such time that medical staff determine they are safe to resume based on protocols established by the Big Ten Conference.
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This marks the second game Ohio State has had cancelled this season. The Buckeyes game with Maryland was canceled due to COVID-19 issues in the Terrapins’ program.
The cancellations put OSU’s chances to play in the B1G Title game at risk, as per the conference rules a team must play at least six games to be considered for participation in the championship game.
Fox College Football analyst Bruce Feldman discussed the Ohio State situation on Fox’s Big Noon Kickoff.
“Sources are telling me it’s not looking good for next week’s game at Michigan State for the Buckeyes, given the number of cases that have surged there,” said Feldman. “There’s concern that the Buckeyes won’t even be allowed to be in the facility this coming week. Also, keep in mind, with the B1G protocol, players are required to be out a minimum of 21 days at the beginning of that cycle. So you’re talking about players who may not be able to play deep into the next month.”
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