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Rutgers quarantines entire football team after six more positive Covid-19 tests

“The Birthplace of College Football” will shelter in place under returning head coach Greg Schiano

Rutgers Scarlet Knights head football coach Greg Schiano gives a wink and a thumbs up to the student section during the second half of the college basketball game between the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Maryland Terrapins on March 3, 2020 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, NJ. Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

News out of Piscataway today as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be quarantining due to six RU football players testing positive for Covid-19.

Voluntary workouts have also been halted, and the university issued a statement to NJ.com:

“Since returning to campus on June 15, Rutgers football has experienced four positive tests for COVID-19. Today, we learned of six additional positive COVID-19 results in our latest weekly testing cycle,” according to a university statement released Saturday. “As a result, we have paused all in-person team activities, quarantined our entire program and will work diligently with Rutgers medical experts, and state and local officials to determine next steps.”

Team-wide health scares aren’t a first for Scarlet Knights returning head coach Greg Schiano, who was widely criticized for his handling of a MRSA outbreak while head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was fired just before the end of the 2013 season with an 11-20 record, but not before becoming one of the most-loathed people in a franchise perpetually branded by mediocrity.

Fellow Big Ten member Michigan State quarantined for 14 days starting yesterday after an outbreak as well.

The Big Ten has already said they won’t compete outside of their conference this season in any fall sport, including football, but if teams can’t even have voluntary training without outbreaks... how realistic is having a 2020 college football season?

Rutgers has not won a Big Ten football game since 2017.