The Badgers said on Wednesday the game would be declared uncontested due to COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin Twelve people in the program have tested positive for the coronavirus Six are coaches and six are players The team suspended football activities for a week
« We’ve said from the start that the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff comes first, » Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Over the past few days we have seen an increasing number of student-athletes and staff contract the virus The responsible thing we need to do is suspend football-related activities for at least seven days «
The game is the first Big Ten game to be lost to COVID-19 Wisconsin opened the Big Ten season with a convincing victory over Illinois on Friday night and the team’s COVID-19 issues are reportedly started happening the next day
According to the Big Ten coronavirus rules, a team must stop practicing and competing for at least seven days if their player positivity rate is greater than five percent on a seven-day moving average or their rate of population positivity – this includes all staff in a program – is over 75 percent
“This morning I learned that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” said Chryst “I informed my staff and the team this morning and I currently isolates at home I had not felt any symptoms and I felt good this morning
Since the Big Ten are asking their teams to play nine games in nine days, the game won’t be made up It’s at least the 36th game at the highest level in college football to be postponed or canceled in 2020
The Big Ten said last week that teams must play at least six games to be considered eligible for the conference title game.The division’s ranking will be determined by the winning percentage, which means that a team that is 7-1 at the end of its eight-game regular-season schedule will have the advantage over a 6-1 team that hasn’t been able to play a game Saturday’s game cancellation means Wisconsin and Nebraska can only afford one more game canceled the rest of the season to qualify for the division title.
Big Ten rules also require that a player who tests positive must be absent for at least 21 days from the date of the first positive test. During this period the player will undergo a full medical and cardiac examination before they can return to play. This means a player from Wisconsin who tested positive after the Illinois game could miss an additional two weeks of competition before being allowed to play.
Wisconsin will play Purdue on November 7 if their test rate drops enough to resume football activities next week
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