Coronavirus is making its way through SEC football teams.
Right around the same time the league announced the postponement of Saturday’s LSU-Florida game to December, the second game postponed this week, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin revealed that players on his team have been sidelined by COVID-19. Scheduled to play Arkansas this Saturday, Kiffin said the Rebels have enough players available for the game to continue as planned… for now.
“It’s very difficult moving people around,” Kiffin said. “We’re beat up, too, from a very high-play count, intense game against a great team Saturday. So we are not in a great situation number-wise at all.”
Ole Miss is familiar with this situation. Over the summer a number of players in the secondary and on the offensive line were sidelined for a few weeks of fall camp. Kiffin did not divulge how many players had contracted coronavirus, but he did say he believes he knows the source of the outbreak and it did not come from within the facility.
“I said Monday in our first meeting that this just got real,” Kiffin said. “Any time you talk about things it doesn’t hit home until it happens to you. Now they’re seeing it. They’re seeing depth charts move and people have to change positions and different things. I hope it really was another reminder. It only takes one person to really screw it up.”