Add Auburn to the growing list of SEC schools dealing with COVID issues. This morning, Gus Malzahn announced that nine players and three staff members have tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the program to temporarily suspend activities.
Saturday’s game vs. Mississippi State has already been postponed to December 12 due to an outbreak in the Bulldogs’ camp. The Tigers are coming off a bye after playing LSU at home on October 31. Yesterday, Ed Orgeron revealed that LSU has positive cases as well, leaving Saturday’s game vs. Alabama in question.
If you’re keeping track at home, here’s a quick rundown of all of the COVID issues in the SEC this week:
- Auburn vs. Mississippi State postponed due to outbreaks on both squads
- Positive cases at LSU (Saturday’s game vs. Alabama TBD)
- Positive cases at Texas A&M, activities paused (Saturday’s game vs. Tennessee TBD)
- Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman tested positive, will not coach vs. Florida
And it’s only Tuesday!
ICYMI yesterday, Mark Stoops told reporters that Kentucky is dealing with COVID issues as well, although he believes the outbreak is minor. Three members of the offensive coaching staff are out right now, one presumably being John Schlarman, who continues to battle stage four cancer.
“I don’t think I’m allowed to get into specifics on that but yeah, we have issues with COVID,” Stoops said. “It’s not out of control. Let’s hope it stays that way.”