The senior football coach at Louisiana State University said most of his team had tested positive for coronavirus, an alarming revelation that came just a day before the Big Ten conference announced it would return to the grid in the fall.
Ed Orjeron, coach of defending national champion LSU, carelessly refused to disclose while answering a question about the depth of the Southeast Conference team during this pandemic.
“Not all of our players, but most of our players have caught him,” he told reporters at Baton Rouge on Tuesday. “So I think we hope they don̵
Moments earlier, Orheron remembered a recent outbreak that forced him to radically repeat the practice.
“I told the team we needed everyone, there’s nothing to say about what will happen to Covid,” Orgeron said. “Two weeks ago … everyone on our offensive line, expecting two or three boys, was out.
“We have adapted very well,” added the coach. “You need to make adjustments.”
LSU opens its off-season a week on Saturday, at home against Mississippi.
Dr. Dan Diekema, an epidemiologist at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, said Wednesday that the discovery of LSU is proof that college athletes are not as well protected as professional athletes like NBA and NHL players who are limited to balloons.
“The professional athlete and professional sports leagues have the resources to create these balloons and have huge financial incentives to maintain them,” Dickema told NBC News.
“It’s unreasonable and really impossible to create such a bubble in college athletics. They will socialize. So that will lead to what we’re starting to see already in the areas that have started to play.”
The University of Virginia was scheduled to play backyard rival Virginia Tech this coming Saturday. But this long-awaited vicious match had to be postponed due to fears of a coronavirus in Blacksburg.
The Big Ten said in a statement Wednesday that they hoped to play a nine-game schedule, starting on the weekend of October 23-24. The league said it had established testing protocols that would trigger the cancellation of games and practices in the event of outbreaks.