For the first time in more than a month, an ACC football game has been postponed due to COVID-19.
The ACC announced Wednesday that Saturday’s Louisville at Virginia game has been tentatively rescheduled for Nov. 14. The game is being pushed back a week due to “positive tests and subsequent quarantining” within the Louisville football program. Nov. 14 was a previously scheduled open date for both programs.
Louisville said Wednesday that it is pausing all team activities. Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said that both athletes and staff members have been affected. When speaking with reporters Wednesday night, Tyra said that 10 players have tested positive with five others in quarantine due to contact tracing. Additionally, five staff members tested positive with two others in quarantine.
"We are taking a precautionary measure to pause due to the number of student-athletes and staff that have been impacted by the virus," Tyra said in a statement. "With Virginia and us both having a bye week on November 14, we are fortunate to reschedule the game for that date. It also avails us a chance to gauge any further spread of the virus. Test results from both Friday and Sunday will dictate when we return to team activities. We appreciate the ACC and Virginia working with us at this time."
Louisville is 2-5 on the year after losing to Virginia Tech at home last Saturday. Virginia improved to 2-4 by upsetting No. 15 North Carolina, 44-41.
This is the first ACC game to be impacted by the virus since Notre Dame’s Sept. 26 game against Wake Forest was postponed due to positive tests among the Irish team. This postponement marks the second time a Virginia game has been moved. Earlier in the year, Virginia’s game at Virginia Tech was rescheduled to Dec. 12 due to COVID-19 issues with the Hokies.
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