The coronavirus is making its way through the Southeastern Conference. Not only has Arkansas head coach Sam Pittman tested positive for COVID-19, the Mississippi State vs. Auburn game has been postponed due to positive cases in the Bulldogs’ camp. On Saturday, the Bulldogs hosted Vanderbilt, Kentucky’s next opponent.
NEWS | The Auburn at Mississippi State FB game of Nov. 14 is postponed due to positive tests & subsequent quarantine of individuals within the MSU FB program.
The action is consistent with SEC COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 12.
— Southeastern Conference (@SEC) November 9, 2020
There are outbreaks at LSU and Texas A&M as well. Brody Miller of The Athletic is reporting that four Tigers have tested positive for the virus and many more are being held out due to close contact, putting Saturday’s game vs. Alabama in jeopardy. Per Miller’s sources, LSU currently meets the SEC’s 53-man roster minimum, but it’s close. The Tigers are down to one scholarship quarterback, freshman TJ Finley, and don’t have any long snappers or tight ends available for Saturday’s game. Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reports that the outbreak has been traced to a Halloween party, and the quarterback and defensive back positions have been most affected.
“We are dealing with COVID and contact tracing I can’t go into detail. It’s a very fluid situation,” Ed Orgeron said in his press conference today. “We do have some players who have COVID and have some players in quarantine.”
LSU vs. Alabama is currently scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday. Rescheduling could be tricky because the Tigers don’t have a bye week left and already filled their makeup date of December 12 with the game vs. Florida, which was postponed due to COVID last month. The SEC will reportedly make the call tomorrow.
Elsewhere in the SEC West, Texas A&M is temporarily suspending team activities following positive cases. The Aggies beat South Carolina 48-3 in Columbia on Saturday.
Have retested the team and staff today, trying to prevent spread and keep them as safe as possible. Will make accommodations based off testing results and contact tracing procedures.
— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) November 9, 2020
ICYMI, 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 in today’s press conference. “It’s not out of control. Let’s hope it stays that way.”