Greg Schiano says 30 Rutgers football players tested positive for COVID-19
Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano says that 30 football players within his program have tested for COVID-19 since student-athletes began returning to campus in mid-June. That is one of the highest-known totals in the B1G.
According to the Associated Press, Schiano revealed the numbers within his program after the B1G opted shut down fall sports operations earlier this week. The head coach stated that most of those cases came within the last three weeks.
The Scarlet Knights shut down all operations for 14 days, quarantining the entire team after six players tested positive for the coronavirus. The outbreak was reportedly linked to a party that occurred among student-athletes on campus.
Of the cases, Schiano says all the players are doing well and only two remain in quarantine. Per the AP, Schiano said that about half were asymptomatic with the other half primarily showing mild symptoms. He compared the worst case to a “very bad flu.”
Rutgers was one of two teams in the B1G to quarantine its entire football team, along with Michigan State. In total, the B1G had six programs pause operations due to an abundance of caution at some point during summer voluntary workouts.
The B1G is one of two leagues to postpone fall sports until spring, along with the Pac-12. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC are still pushing towards having a season in the fall.