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Eight TU football players test positive for COVID-19, others in quarantine

Posted at 2:25 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 18:19:02-04

TULSA — The University of Tulsa announced football practice is paused after eight TU football student-athletes test positive for COVID-19.

The student-athletes have been placed in isolation until they can be cleared to resume normal activities.

Another eight football student-athletes came into direct contact with the positive cases and will remain in quarantine for 14 days.

It’s unfortunate that we have to pause practice, but the well-being, health and security of our athletes is our number one priority. We will continue to do everything we can during this stretch to keep our players safe, healthy and at the top of their game mentally.
Tulsa Head Coach Philip Montgomery

TU football practice is now paused until further notice, officials said. Practice was paused last Wednesday as student-athletes received a round of COVID-19 tests.

The only permitted athletic-related activities are team meetings and strength and conditioning. These activities will happen in small groups with strict social distancing, as well as universal masking protocols.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is always at the core of all of our discussions and decisions and continues to be our utmost priority. This suspension of practice is prudent and necessary at this time,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg. “We are also continuing to monitor all of our fall sports teams currently on campus.”

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