Two major upcoming college football games were postponed Tuesday after the Southeastern Conference (SEC) announced players tested positive for COVID-19.
The conference announced in a tweet that the University of Alabama’s game at Louisiana State University (LSU) as well as Texas Tech’s upcoming match with University of Tennessee would both be postponed to a later date.
No immediate information was given about when the games would be rescheduled, or how many players/coaching staff had tested positive.
NEWS | The Alabama at LSU and Texas A&M at Tennessee FB games of Nov. 14 are postponed due to positive tests, contact tracing & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the LSU and A&M FB programs.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 10, 2020
College football programs around the country have sought to avoid the spread of coronavirus among staff and players, a prospect that has proven difficult due to the realities of campus social life at many schools as well as resurgent case numbers in many states.
The Big Ten Conference began playing again in October after its board initially moved in August to suspend all fall sports over concerns about the pandemic.
School officials faced pressure from many conservative figures to resume fall sports including President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence to attend Senate GOP lunch on Tuesday Biden transition team to mull legal action over agency’s transition delays: reports Trump campaign lawyers worry about pushing lawsuits that could undermine election: report MORE, who pressed for college sports to continue as normal while downplaying concerns about the virus.
A tally in late September estimated that more than 40,000 cases of coronavirus had been reported at college and university campuses nationwide.
The news from the SEC comes as case numbers continue to spike across the U.S., which passed 10 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.