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USC cleared to resume practicing

USC football was cleared to resume practice today, after the program closed the facility yesterday in response to a positive test.

USC football released a statement announcing that the team could resume practice in preparation for Saturday’s home game against Colorado.

“In response to the announcement on Tuesday, Nov. 24, that a single USC football player tested positive for COVID-19, USC conducted contact tracing and performed a full round of PCR testing on all football student-athletes, coaches and staff,” the announcement said.

According to the statement, the player who tested positive is symptomatic and is still in isolation. There was one other positive test since Monday’s testing and that player is now in isolation, but asymptomatic. Through contact tracing, five other players are now quarantined.

USC will conduct further testing throughout the week. But at this point, the game against Colorado is scheduled to take place. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 on Saturday afternoon.

The Pac-12 has ruled this year that teams must meet certain thresholds as far as available players. Teams must have 53 available scholarship players, as including seven offensive linemen, one quarterback and four defensive linemen.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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