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Three Auburn football players test positive for COVID-19 upon returning to campus

Another SEC school has had football players test positive for Coronavirus upon returning to campus. Three Auburn football players have been quarantined away from their teammates after testing positive for COVID-19.

Auburn players began returning to campus at staggering times on Thursday evening and underwent testing Friday before voluntary workouts were scheduled to begin Monday. All three players who tested positive were asymptomatic, a team spokesman confirmed to The spokesman did not identify which players tested positive, but all three will be self-isolated in quarantine in a dorm separate from the one housing the rest of the team.

Upon their arrival to campus on Thursday, players were limited to contact with only their respective roommates, as well as team personnel who handled check-in. When workouts begin Monday, players will be placed in groups of eight to limit contact while working out with the team’s strength and conditioning coach. All team meetings will continue to be held through Zoom video conferences.

Earlier this week, head coach Gus Malzahn said the university has a plan in place for contact tracing in order to further prevent the spread of the virus.

“[Team doctor] Doc Goodlett has done a super job of making sure that if someone tests positive, we will have a record of who’s been around, who’s in contact, and obviously they’ll be tested at the same time,” Malzahn told “That should help. I think the challenge will be, as we move forward and trying to get back to some kind of normal, you know, everything that goes with that. But we feel very good about our plan, especially the first seven days.”

The Tigers aren’t the first team to see a COVID-19 outbreak. Five Alabama football players tested positive for the virus on Thursday, June 4. There have also been positive tests at Marshall University, Oklahoma State and Iowa State.

All college athletes who begin returning to campus this month will undergo mandatory testing, and the number of COVID-19 cases is likely to spike. However, how that could potentially impact the start date or overall execution of the 2020 college football season remains to be seen.


Article written by Maggie Davis

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14 Comments for Three Auburn football players test positive for COVID-19 upon returning to campus

  1. JT55
    8:43 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

    Up to 40 percent of the country has had, or has the virus. Nothing to see here. No reason to shut the country down again either.

  2. mcp157
    8:52 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

    It’s called herd immunity. That’s how the human race has gotten to this point in time. Catching viruses and developing immunity. This is not a story.

  3. rickat
    9:16 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

    I wish these gentlemen the best of health. They must not get too sick to entertain JT55 and mcp157.

  4. DelrayCat
    9:57 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

    RE: The Jonathan Miller post on replacing the Capitol’s Jefferson Davis Statue with Ali.
    Personally, I think the original Cassius Clay is a better historical figure for KY, at least for the Capitol rotunda. He was one of the most prominent Anti-Slavery figures in our state’s history. So maybe put them both in there? The two Cassius Clays at the same time.

  5. espn8122
    10:00 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

    Watch this get pulled down like Socialist will do. Here is the truth. Matt Jones and the democrats will continue to highlight these stories on this site. IT is forum to push their agenda to invoke fear, try to promote the shutting down of everyday life, and create doom and gloom to get a democrat as president.

    • satcheluk
      10:32 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

      Wah, wah, wah. ?

    • 4everUKBlue
      11:00 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

      Makes no difference who gets elected, no politician is coming to save this country, we’ve done this to ourselves by doing nothing but bitching about it.

    • CrystalBall
      11:02 pm June 7, 2020 Permalink

      Right 4everUKBlue. And it’s only going to get worse.

  6. JoeMoney333
    6:45 am June 8, 2020 Permalink

    Look! Increased testing leads to increased cases. Amazing.

  7. StuckinLville
    11:38 am June 8, 2020 Permalink

    First off, it’s shows how butt hurt how liberals are when they make these posts but disable the comment section. So, for Miller’s article, it just shows how uneducated he is. Like most young ones, he just assumes the Civil War and the south was all about slavery without knowing that the south was very prosperous and wanted to branch off from the Union and be their own country. Jefferson Davis being the leader is not a disgrace nor one of the worst times in our history. The North knew they had to have the South’s wealth; that’s why the Civil War started. Here’s a little fact that most don’t seem to know. Slavery was only brought into the mix because Lincoln knew if he did that, England nor France would be back the South. If those two countries became allies, the North would lose. So, Lincoln (who honestly could have cared less about black people) threw it into the mix. With that said, Miller wants a president cast out only to have a draft dodging, traitor added. I get why he refused, but many other black people had to go fight. Just like how I always try to explain to people, it does not matter if you are black or white, it matters if you have MONEY. So, Miller, educate yourself and enable your post next time so you dont seem like part of the problem.

    As for this post, of course players are going to have it. There’s only going to be more with all these protests.

    • rlee7932
      12:59 pm June 8, 2020 Permalink

      Perhaps his Bachelors and JD from Harvard fit your definition of uneducated, But one can expect no less from someone that uses lies and half truths to support treason against our country.
      Sounds as though you also support a cowardly draft dodging president.
      Dunning kruger effect demostration at its finest..

    2:57 pm June 8, 2020 Permalink

    Jonathan Miller and Matt Jones are leftist turds…

  9. satcheluk
    9:20 am June 9, 2020 Permalink

    It was all about slavery. The states rights piece didn’t crop up as revisionist history until about the turn of the century. Uneducated…lol, oh the irony.