Update 12:40 p.m.: This is absolutely insane.
Temple player, whose girlfriend had positive COVID test & delayed kickoff, tested positive, so unknown number of Temple players will be out because of contact tracing, source told @Stadium. However, game still will be played with a 12:50 p.m. ET kickoff— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 21, 2020
We already had a game canceled about three hours before kickoff this morning, and now one is in a hold pattern because of Covid-19 testing as the East Carolina Pirates are waiting to play the Temple Owls, but a player for the cherry and white is currently testing for Covid-19.
The most 2020 day of the college football season continues thusly:
Today's game between Temple and ECU has officially been delayed due to COVID-19 complications.— Sam Cohn (@samdcohn) November 21, 2020
East Carolina at Temple game is delayed because a Temple player had a girlfriend who apparently just tested positive so the player was taken back to campus to receive an antigen test, source told @Stadium. If he tests positive, there’s chance game would not be played, source said— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 21, 2020
Temple Football player taken to hospital moments before game time for rapid COVID for antigen test. Showing symptoms in locker room. Game against East Carolina delayed pending results. @FOX29philly— Chris O'Connell (@CoconnellFox29) November 21, 2020
So a player showing symptoms has a girlfriend that tested positive. Should we even be considering playing this game right now?? Both these teams are 1-5, and merely playing for experience, pride, and hopefully a delicious postgame meal. It’s Philly, get a cheesesteak and some tiramisu or a nice cannoli. But maybe don’t bang into a team that might have been exposed to a global pandemic before doing so?
We’ll let you know once the teams and/or the American Conference makes a decision here.
ECU was a 3-4 point favorite all week, but closed -7 at DraftKings Sportsbook.