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TU Football Practices on Hold as 8 Test Positive for COVID-19

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The University of Tulsa pauses football practices until further notice after eight players test positive for COVID-19.

The university’s athletics department said those eight players are in isolation and so far have not shown symptoms of the illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

Another eight players that came into direct contact with the eight infected athletes will quarantine for 14 days.

"It’s unfortunate that we have to pause practice, but the well-being, health and security of our athletes is our number one priority,” Head coach Philip Montgomery said in a statement. "We will continue to do everything we can during this stretch to keep our players safe, healthy and at the top of their game mentally."

Strength and conditioning sessions and team meetings will continue in small groups with physical distancing and masks required.

The American Athletic Conference, with TU belongs to, has not postponed or canceled fall sports.

"We are also continuing to monitor all of our fall sports teams currently on campus," Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Derrick Gragg said in a statement.

Note: KWGS is licensed to TU.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.
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