Another Power 5 program is hitting the pause button amid the coronavirus pandemic. This afternoon, the Kansas football team suspended voluntary workouts after 12 players tested positive for COVID-19. An additional four student-athletes from other sports tested positive. All members of the football team, including the staff, will now be asked to quarantine for 14 days.
“After the increase in positive COVID-19 tests within our football program, our medical team at Kansas Team Health has recommended discontinuing voluntary workouts immediately,” Kansas Director of Athletics Jeff Long said in a statement. “Our priority remains to keep our student-athletes safe and healthy, especially during this pandemic, and will follow the recommendations of our medical professionals. We will only resume our preparations after the 14-day quarantine is complete and our student-athletes and staff have been tested for the virus prior to participating in football activities. In the meantime, we continue to educate our student-athletes, as well as coaches and staff, on the importance of following the policies and procedures and recommendations from our Kansas Team Health physicians and the CDC.”
“When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control has made the decision to pause these workouts necessary,” Head coach Les Miles added. “Our trainers and doctors will remain in daily contact with each of the student-athletes that tested positive to support them and what we hope will involve only minor symptoms if any. We will follow medical recommendations on returning to activities.”
Houston suspended its voluntary workouts on June 12 after six players tested positive. Kansas State did the same a week later after 14 student-athletes tested positive. Kentucky only required its football players to take the antibody test for the virus, with six players testing positive for a past infection. UK Athletics team doctor Dr. Robert Hosey said earlier this week he expects to expand testing once workouts ramp up later this month.