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Big 12 Announces It Will Use Rapid Testing for Players, Coaches, Staff


The Big 12 has secured access to COVID-19 antigen testing that produces rapid results and will be used the day before competition on players, coaches and staff.

The conference announced a partnership with Virtual Care for Families. The testing program will use Quidel Rapid Antigen tests.

The Big 12 said it expects the Quidel test to provide results in about 15 minutes, the turnaround for its tests under a partnership with the Pac-12.

Oklahoma opens its football season at home Saturday against Missouri State. Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be limited to 25% capacity with distanced seating pods, fans must wear masks and there will be no tailgaiting.

Fellow Big 12 member Oklahoma State's season opener against the University of Tulsa was postponed from Saturday to Sept. 19. Head coach Philip Montgomery said the Golden Hurricane needed more time to prepare after multiple positive COVID-19 tests limited the team's preseason.

OSU and OU postponed their soccer season opener against each other after multiple positive tests among the Sooners left them with too few players to compete. A conference agreement says teams must have at least 14 players, including a goalkeeper.

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