Wisconsin pauses team activities, cancels game vs. Nebraska

Ruben Hill
October 28, 2020

Wisconsin - which thumped IL in the conference's first game of the season - has paused team activities for at least seven days due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Six players and six staff members have returned positive tests, including head coach Paul Chryst. The Badgers' scheduled game at Nebraska this weekend has been canceled.

School officials said athletic director Barry Alvarez and chancellor Rebecca Blank made the decision in consultation with Big Ten officials.

The news comes after 12 people within the Wisconsin program tested positive for COVID-19. "I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning". Additional test results are still pending, the school added, and Wisconsin has also paused team activities for at least seven days. Last week the Big Ten finally started its season, and this week a Big Ten game has to be canceled because of an outbreak. The Badgers' only other scholarship quarterback is junior Danny Vanden Boom.

It's also worth noting that Big Ten players who test positive must sit out for at least 21 days (coaches, like Chryst, must miss only 10 days), and so if more confirmed cases are found, then it stands to reason that Wisconsin could run into a roster issue in the weeks ahead. The Badgers' next scheduled game is at home against the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, Nov. 7.

It only took one week for the Big Ten to learn it is no more impervious to the novel coronavirus as the rest of the nation's college football leagues. State health officials reported 5,262 newly confirmed cases on Tuesday, shattering the daily record of 4,591 set on October 20.

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