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ESPN Gathers Big 12 COVID-19 Numbers

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In a new report from where they reached out to the Power 5 football programs for information on their COVID-19 tests, nearly half the schools declined to share information on how many positive tests they had.

The schools in the Big 12 who chose not to respond were Kansas State, Oklahoma State and TCU. The Big had the fewest schools who chose not to respond.

Meantime, here were the results from the rest of the conference with total tests given alongside total positive tests.

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Iowa State86021
W. Virginia82346

Among the 10 schools that completely answered all of ESPN’s questions, four still plan to play fall sports, with two in the Big 12 in Clemson, Iowa State, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Four of the biggest coaching starts in the sport, Alabama coach Nick Saban, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, Ohio State coach Ryan Day and Nebraska coach Scott Frost have said their players are, or feel, less at risk of contracting the coronavirus playing football than they would be if the season isn’t played.

Regardless, these numbers are going to be debated across college football until the season gets underway. There’s no question the short-term risks are not there for college-aged people, but the long-term health impacts are still not clear and likely won’t be known for quite some time.

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