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23 Clemson Football Players Test Positive for COVID-19

Joshua S. Kelly | USA Today Sports

Joshua S. Kelly | USA Today Sports

The coronavirus has reared its ugly head at one of college football’s premier programs.

Clemson football players returned to campus last week for voluntary workouts. At the time the school announced that two players tested positive for coronavirus. Fast forward one week and that number has dramatically increased. Multiple reports indicate that 23 football players and two staff members are are among the 28 from the athletics department that have tested positive for COVID-19.

The mini-outbreak is not life-threatening. None of the positive cases have resulted in hospitalization and about half of the people are asymptomatic. They will now be isolated for 10 days and can only leave isolation after three days without symptoms. Any known contacts must also quarantine for 14 days.

The increase in positive tests will not stop the Clemson team from continuing to hold voluntary workouts.

Clemson is not the only program that has been hit hard as college football players return to campus. Houston shut down voluntary workouts after a half dozen positive tests and Texas announced yesterday that 25 people were forced into isolation.

The early small outbreaks raise eyebrows, however, they are somewhat expected. If large numbers of players continue testing positive over the coming weeks, then college football has a major problem.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

35 Comments for 23 Clemson Football Players Test Positive for COVID-19

  1. bigb
    6:55 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    There won’t be any games this year, teams will have to forfeit if this happens in regular season. Conferences are not going to allow a season that has top teams playing with rosters depleted by Covid 19

  2. Not Dan Issel
    6:58 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Good grief. It’s the flu, for pete’s sake. We’re going to cancel football over the flu? Snowflakes rejoice, I suppose.

    • 4everUKBlue
      7:34 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Exactly, it says they tested positive, it doesn’t mean any of them are sick. Most of us probably have corona in us, doesn’t mean jack.

    • ready4nineNOW
      8:59 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Did u even read the article? It clearly states only half are asymptomatic. 90 second read, thats all. Smh

    • duner
      8:37 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Tell that to the 120,00 families that have lost family members to it.

    • JoeMoney333
      8:15 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Duner, tell the 50,000 families a year who lose family members in car accidents that you still want to drive a car.

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:33 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Still doesn’t mean any of the are sick. I would challenge any of you to find someone who died solely from coronavirus with no underlying health issues that would’ve killed them anyway.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:07 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

      Big difference in dying with it and dying from it.

    • mcp157
      7:32 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      We are becoming a society of Howard Hughes, paralyzed by germ a phobia. The reason this is freaking a lot of folks out is because we have never paid as close attention to a flu like this. If we did this every damn flu season we’d never come out of our house. This, like BLM, is just another tool for corporate/government control. Total BS!

    • 4everUKBlue
      9:05 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      mcp157, once again you nailed it.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:47 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Coronavirus does not even have it’s on symptoms, they are the same as cold, flu, allergies.

  3. ScoggDog
    6:59 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    If there are no games – why would colleges still continue to pay for athletic scholarships ?

    I’m all for personal freedom – and responsibility. Choose wisely.

  4. mm40
    7:06 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t understand why people would be surprised by players testing positive. Players are returning to campus from all over the country, having positives should have been expected. They are in the best place they could be, they will be able to isolate and recover at their universities.

  5. crazycatfan65
    7:24 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    Only 2 confirmed cases when players returned to campus. One weeks later and AFTER the football teams protest of “racist injustices” 25 players have it now. WOW, the media is up in arms over Trump having a rally but are totally silent over all the rioters and rioting. More liberal media double standards.

  6. robman181
    8:19 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    well, football season was good while it lasted

  7. PensacolaCat
    8:53 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    You are so off base

  8. jim tom
    9:19 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    No way no how college football happens this fall and if I had to guess neither will college basketball. Sucks

  9. UKFanSC
    9:54 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    I hate to sound callous, but I have to wonder how many took part in the social justice protests over the past few weeks. No question there was a lot of opportunity to spread the disease. Experts predicted there would be a break out of this sort, assuming that’s what happened.

  10. 4everUKBlue
    10:06 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    This was calculated by a math whiz I know using their numbers, I’m just copying and pasting her.

    Overall Worldwide “Claimed Deaths” 362,000 as of 29-May.
    World population 7.9 billion

    Current YTD rate = 362,000/7.8E9 = 0.0046%.
    Converting to full year = 362,000/7.8E8*366days/150days, or 0.013% per year.

    So, even with all of the fudging, this is still only 1/73 of the yearly CDC mortality rate of 0.95% per year.

  11. bigblue98
    11:27 pm June 19, 2020 Permalink

    It’s going to come down to money versus stats. There is no way they’re going to stop the spread on campus. These athletes can’t isolate from the rest of the students on campus. One person goes out to the bar to party Thursday night and then spreads it. These colleges can post all the PSA’s they want and it’s not going to matter. The college presidents and governors will decide. I definitely wouldn’t bet on games this year if they do play as there’s no telling what guys may play from week to week. Some very inexperienced guys could wind up playing.

  12. MrFlip41129
    12:48 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Please leave political views out of KSR and sports all together. Seems like the only ones that being up political views are stupid ass dummies shewww this is why we all can not get along, and have nice things. When it comes to sport and you bring up politics, it makes you bias one way or the other and no matter who you cheer for when you bring politics into it, you really can not be a fan. Because the players and KIDS you cheer for 100% feel different than you do.

    • JEUofK
      7:23 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      So there are no black, Asian, or Latino – conservative players? The soft bigotry of low expectations is really astounding by some of our liberal Democratic fans.

  13. JEUofK
    7:24 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Everyone needs to get it. Develop natural immunities. Those players are the lucky ones. They’ll get it out of the way.

    • mcp157
      7:43 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Let the natural course happen, herd immunity, and the need for vaccination goes away. But wait the corporate lords, Bill Gates and Dr. Fauci, (the same researcher/vaccine promoter who said HIV would kill millions of the heterosexual groups by the early 1990s) will be disappointed due to not making millions and having control of the masses.

    • 4everUKBlue
      10:41 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

      Bill Gates and his associates want to reduce the population and Gates is completely open about it, the vaccination is just one of the means to that end.

  14. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:11 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    I can’t wait until “Always a ray of sunshine Fauci” gets wind of this. Ugh.

  15. TheTweak
    11:19 am June 20, 2020 Permalink

    BFD! They’re all young athletes, some may have a fever and a cough for a couple of days. This shit has gotten totally out of hand. Live on!

  16. mcp157
    12:24 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Until society and corporations/government get their heads out of theirs asses, maybe we should boycott sports? Work on ourselves in various areas and help support politicians who go against this grain of this hugely fascist movement!

  17. Lip Man 1
    1:09 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Nick: Newsflash…the COVID numbers will be going up dramatically and yes CFB will be having a serious problem.

    • 4everUKBlue
      2:45 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

      I won’t be surprised if they fudge the numbers even further because the covid psyop didn’t go as well as they expected and that’s why they played the race card. Look for them to turn up the heat between Sept and Dec, the election will be all about race, they use that to further divide us. Don’t fall for the same old trick.

  18. joseph_daniel
    3:52 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Matthew 12:25

    “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:”

  19. zoupman
    8:40 pm June 20, 2020 Permalink

    Does Clemson not sanitize equipment after each use? Damn made in China virus.

  20. 4everUKBlue
    7:11 am June 21, 2020 Permalink

    Melinda Gates Lays Out Her Biggest Concern for the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    “Who needs [the vaccine] after health care workers?
    In the U.S., that would be black people next, quite honestly, and many other people of color. They are having disproportionate effects from COVID-19.”

    Phase 1. Elderly
    Phase 2. Colored
    Phase 3. ?