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KU Football Suspends Workouts Due to COVID-19 Cases

NCAA Football: Big 12 Media Days

An increase in positive cases of coronavirus within the KU football program has resulted in the team suspending its voluntary workouts.

University officials are asking for athletes and staff to self-quarantine for 14 days due to the increase in cases within their athletic department and the communities in which many of the players come from.

So far, 164 student-athletes have been tested at KU, with 16 total positive cases. Of the positive cases, 12 were part of the football program. In total, 45 student-athletes across all sports programs are in quarantine.


Head football coach Les Miles said in a statement, “When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control has made the decision to pause these workouts necessary. Our trainers and doctors will remain in daily contact with each of the student-athletes that tested positive to support them and what we hope will involve only minor symptoms if any. We will follow medical recommendations on returning to activities.”

Meantime, athletic director Jeff Long added, “After the increase in positive COVID-19 tests within our football program, our medical team at Kansas Team Health has recommended discontinuing voluntary workouts immediately. Our priority remains to keep our student-athletes safe and healthy, especially during this pandemic, and will follow the recommendations of our medical professionals.”

Staff and players will all be retested following the 14-day period to see if workouts can resume.

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