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.