After waiting almost two months to begin their Big 10 football season, the Wisconsin Badgers and Nebraska Cornhuskers will have to deal with another delay, as their game Saturday was cancelled because of COVID-19 protocol. Both teams played their first game the previous Saturday, but because of the test positivity rate with Wisconsin players that reached a pre-determined threshold set by the league, it requires them to stop practice and competition for a minimum of seven days before reassessing the situation.
Just another disappointment for players who have been jacked around for weeks by conference leadership that at times has been almost inept. Wisconsin issued a release saying in part, “the joint decision to pause football activities and cancel Saturday’s game was made by Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez and UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, in consultation with the Big Ten Conference. The game will not be rescheduled.”
As of Wednesday morning, a total of 12 people within the football program had tested positive in the past five days, including six players and their head coach Paul Chryst. “This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Chryst said in a statement. “I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning.”
It’s quite a bummer for the Badgers, currently ranked No. 11 in the country after winning their opener 45-7 over Illinois. “I am disappointed for our players and coaching staff who put so much into preparing to play each week” Chryst said.
We have paused team activities.
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 28, 2020