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Louisville-Virginia game postponed one week after COVID-19 outbreak within Cardinals program

The coronavirus has delayed another college football game.

In a press release sent out by the University of Lousiville Football team, they have decided to postpone its upcoming away matchup against the Virginia Cavaliers for one week following a COVID-19 outbreak within the Cardinals program. The two sides were meant to play this Saturday, but it will now be moved to the following Saturday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m.

According to UL, they are pausing “all team-related football activities indefinitely due to a heightened quantity of positive COVID-19 tests and accompanying contact tracing measures among the Cardinals’ staff and team members.”

Nine players from the Lousiville Football team–eight of them on defense–tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of last week’s 42-35 loss to Virginia Tech and sat out that matchup, although the game was still played. UL has not announced the specifics of the number of tests since then, but went ahead and decided to postpone this Saturday’s game.

“We are taking a precautionary measure to pause due the number of student-athletes and staff that have been impacted by the virus,” Vice-President/Director of Athletics Vince Tyra said in the release.  “With Virginia and us both having a bye week on November 14, we are fortunate to reschedule the game for that date.  It also avails us a chance to gauge any further spread of the virus.  Test results from both Friday and Sunday will dictate when we return to team activities.  We appreciate the ACC and Virginia working with us at this time.”

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR