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USC extends workout pauses for football, men’s water polo

USC will extend the pauses to workouts for its football and men’s water polo teams, the school announced Monday afternoon. USC football and men’s water polo workouts were paused last week in the wake of eight positive Covid-19 tests between the two sports. The initial announcement said workouts for both sports would remain on hold until today, but USC now says the pause will be extended until September 8.

The pause was announced Wednesday, and one additional student-athlete tested positive in the round of tests conducted this past Friday. USC determined that the positive tests were a result of off-campus community spread, and not due to any athletics or on-campus activities.

In a statement, USC said it will now tests student-athletes twice weekly and that the four other sports running at this time–men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer–would continue with workouts.

This means that USC football won’t even be holding workouts on Saturday, September 5, when it was originally scheduled to be taking on Alabama to open its 2020 football season.

The decision on whether or not to resume football and men’s water polo workouts will be contingent on the results of the next two rounds of testing, done today and Sept. 4.

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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