Maryland Athletics today canceled Saturday’s scheduled football game against Michigan State following new positive test results for COVID among student-athletes and staff, including Head Coach Michael Locksley. The game, like last week's canceled matchup against Ohio State, will not be rescheduled.
Per Big Ten Conference protocols, all football student-athletes and football staff continue to undergo daily antigen testing. Maryland Athletics has also conducted additional daily PCR testing since Nov. 12. Over the past seven days, 15 student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in a Big Ten test positivity rate of 2.8%. There were seven positive cases among staff over that same time period, resulting in a population positivity rate of 14.9%. All positive individuals are now in designated isolation spaces, per health protocols.
Locksley tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday and is isolating at home. For reasons of medical privacy, Maryland Athletics will not be identifying any other affected student-athletes or staff.
“I am gutted for our team and for our fans,” said Locksley. “This team is eager to play and compete and continue the growth we’ve seen this season. This virus is testing our players and coaches right now, but I have no doubt that we will emerge as a stronger unit for having gone through this together. As for me personally, I am feeling strong, with only minor symptoms. I will continue to lead this program virtually, and our game preparations for Indiana will begin immediately.”
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