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COVID-19 forces UMD, Navy football teams to cancel games this Saturday

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Posted at 3:11 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 15:32:59-05

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Amid a jump in COVID-19 cases within their programs, the University of Maryland and Navy football teams have canceled their games scheduled for Saturday.

Over the last week, eight UMD football players have tested positive for the coronavirus.

"We're obviously extremely disappointed that we'll be unable to host Ohio State this Saturday," said head coach Michael Locksley. "It was an opportunity that our team was preparing for and excited about. However, we have and always will keep our players, coaches and staffs safety at the forefront of our decision making process. We'll continue to operate as much as we can virtually as we monitor the situation in hopes of returning to play when it's deemed safe."

From September 30 to November 10, a total of 10 UMD student athletes tested positive. The university doesn't release the name of athletes who tested positive.

UMD football student-athletes began testing daily on September 30, which was followed a month later by the men and women's basketball teams.

Since testing began for all UMD student athletes, 120 out of 5,333 came back positive.

All other student-athletes are tested weekly.

There are no plans to reschedule the Ohio State game this season.

Maryland isn't the only local team to cancel their game this weekend.

Navy and Memphis have also called off their contest.

The Mids have not had a regular practice since October 29.

No make-up date has been announced.

Both teams in the meantime will pause all in-person football related activities, with no clear return date.