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Lincoln Riley Says Oklahoma Will Not Release COVID-19 Results in 2020

NCAA Football: Rose Bowl-Oklahoma vs Georgia

While some schools are reporting their COVID-19 numbers, the Oklahoma Sooners will no longer do that once the season gets underway.

The Oklahoma Sooners get underway on Saturday against Missouri State and there will be no further updates from head coach Lincoln Riley on COVID-19. Riley cited a “competitive advantage” for the decision.

There are certainly lots of unknowns around COVID-19 and even Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is still uncertain what this season will look like.


The most recent testing data the school released came from August 17th to the 21st, when Oklahoma said there were 17 active cases among football players, along with six new positive tests.

Already, the Big 12’s opening game between TCU and SMU has been postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak within the TCU program, and Oklahoma State’s opening game against Tulsa has been moved to September 19th.

Riley said he would be surprised if there were any issues for their game this Saturday, adding, “I’d be surprised but, at the same time, we’re all one big test away from having to make tough decisions. and that’s every team, every single week. So I don’t ever want to say impossible, but I fully expect to be playing out there at 6 o’clock on Saturday.”

Oklahoma tests its players three times a week — Sunday, Wednesday and Friday.

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