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Published at 8:58 AM ET November 20, 2020 |
Mike Leach’s first season as head coach of the state of Mississippi was a bumpy road and he reached his last hurdle on Friday.
After an additional round of testing on COVID-19, his bulldogs will play with less than a minimum of 53 fellows on Saturday on the road against No. 11 Georgia, according to numerous reports.
According to the rules of the Southeast Conference, teams below the scholarship threshold are not allowed to play, but they are allowed to, which seems to be the way bulldogs go – they traveled to Athens, Georgia, on Friday. (Teams over 53 scholars available must play.)
Mississippi State’s game against Auburn last week was postponed to December 12 due to problems with COVID-19 in the Bulldogs’ program, which spread in week 12. Fifteen games have been either postponed or canceled in recent weeks.
The Bulldogs’ competitive game against Ole Miss, the Egg Bowl, is set for next week.
Pete says players will wear masks against Virginia Tech
As coronavirus infections spread at an unprecedented rate in some parts of the country, public health officials are stepping up preventive measures. Such precautions will become apparent when Pittsburgh hosts Virginia Tech in an ACC game on Saturday.
According to a statement from the Pittsburgh Athletics Department, all Panthers players will wear masks at all times – even on the field – in accordance with local guidelines.
“This is also communicated to Virginia Tech’s sports medicine staff,” the statement said.
However, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Health told USA TODAY Sports on Friday that state-led athletes were exempted from wearing a mask during a competition if it would create a medical problem.
USA TODAY Sports contacted Pittsburgh for further comment.
Miami coach Manny Diaz positively for COVID-19
Manny Diaz has a positive coronavirus test, the Miami Hurricanes head coach announced on Friday.
“I am currently in isolation and I feel good overall,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will continue to work with our team in practice as we prepare for our next game in Wake Forest.”
Hurricane No. 9’s game this Saturday against Georgia Tech has already been postponed due to problems with COVID-19 in the Miami program. They will go out of action next weekend, but have to face Wake Forest on December 5th.
Diaz is the second Power 5 head coach to test positive in the past two days: Mary Locksley of Maryland Therapins, whose team is also experiencing an outbreak and canceled two games, tested positive on Monday.
Other notable football figures are positive:
Tennessee JSC Philip Fulmer positive for COVID
Volunteers, athletic director and former head coach Philip Fulmer, who led the team to the national title in 1998 with Peyton Manning, said they were positive for COVID-19. He added that he had not maintained close contact with employees or athletes and remained asymptomatic.
Troy’s Chip Lindsey tested positive for coronavirus
Chip Lindsay, head coach of Troy Trojans, tested positive for COVID-19 during the team’s weekly PCR test on Wednesday, the program announced on Friday. He is experiencing “mild symptoms”.
The team’s game against Middle Tennessee on Saturday will be played on schedule, and Brian Blackman will serve as interim coach of the Trojans.