Yeah, it's Vanderbilt, but this isn't great.
SOURCE-Vanderbilt Athletics confirmed on Thursday night that multiple members of the football program have tested positive for COVID-19. Multiple sources told 247Sports that Friday's previously scheduled football practice will not take place. Vanderbilt did not officially confirm the cancelation of practice but issued a statement regarding the positive tests.
“As part of our ongoing testing procedures, we have been made aware of positive COVID-19 test results in our football program," the statement read. "We are following the university’s protocols and we are working closely with our Public Health Command Center and other health officials who are assessing potential close contacts and advising on additional steps. Because of applicable federal student privacy law, we are unable to publicly disclose personally identifiable information about any student who has tested positive for COVID-19.”
This comes after Vanderbilt started fall camp on Monday. A number of players opted out just before fall camp:
This is going to continue to happen. The question is how do these conferences handle it? It would be foolish to think that somehow the season happens and we don't have a team that has to pause in the middle of the season due to positive tests.
Another trend emerging is schools opening back up only to shut down within a week or two. The only people that remain on campus are athletes. At that point, I'm not sure how you can call them student-athletes and not professionals, because all other students have been asked to leave.
I go back and forth seemingly every day on my thoughts about the season happening. You see practice reports and think oh, wow, this thing may actually happen and then a few hours later there's a new outbreak.