News out of Piscataway today as the Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be quarantining due to six RU football players testing positive for Covid-19.
Rutgers is quarantining its entire football program after learning of six positive COVID-19 results in its latest weekly testing cycle.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 25, 2020
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.