MADISON – The University of Wisconsin football program has been forced to pause team activities and cancel this Saturday’s game with Nebraska after at least a dozen positive COVID-19 tests in the program.
The university announced plans to pause team activities and cancel the game on their website. A portion of the university’s statement is below:
“We have said from the beginning that the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members comes first,” Athletic Director Barr Alvarez said. “Over the past several days we have seen a rising number of student-athletes and staff contract the virus. The responsible thing for us to do is to pause football-related activities for at least seven days.”
“We thank and appreciate our athletic trainers, doctors and public health staff who are supporting the health and safety of our student-athletes and program,” said UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank.
As of Wednesday morning (Oct. 28), a total of 12 people within the Wisconsin football program had tested positive for COVID-19 in the past five days. That figure includes six student-athletes and six staff members, including head coach Paul Chryst. Additional test results are pending.
Per Big 10 conference rules, the game will be declared a no-contest.