For the second week in a row, the University of Wisconsin canceled a soccer match because of a coronavirus outbreak in the show.
Wisconsin, ranked 10th in the Associated Press poll, said Tuesday that it will not host Purdue on Saturday. Wisconsin reported on Tuesday that at least 15 players and 12 staff members, including Coach Paul Chryst, had been positive since October 24.
Barry Alvarez, Wisconsin’s sporting director, said in a statement: “I share the frustrations of our students-athletes and staff. “We did see an improvement in our test numbers, but not enough to help us confidently continue our normal activities and play our game on Saturday.”;
Alvarez then told reporters during a video conference that he had never reached a level of confidence. “I was hoping,” he said. “I think we did the right things.”
The team held Zoom meetings instead of face-to-face practice and has kept players isolated from positive results, Alvarez said. Wisconsin teams in other sports have had some smaller viral outbreaks, but they are more controlled, he said, adding that those teams do not include basketball and hockey, expected Will start playing the game soon.
Infections on and around the football team have broken out while the statewide face some of the toughest weeks of the pandemic. Statewide, about 245,000 people test positive for the virus; More than 2,100 people died, many of whom died in October, according to the New York Times database.
Wisconsin, which canceled a match in Nebraska last week, will play no more than six regular matches by the time the Big Ten Conference championship match is established. According to tournament rules, if Wisconsin, the only ranked team in the West Tournament of the conference, misses another match, then it will not be eligible to play for the conference championship. (However, this threshold is subject to change if multiple league matches are canceled this season.)
Both Wisconsin games canceled will be classified as “no contest”.
The Badgers won their first game of the season, at home to Illinois, 45-7, on October 23, but haven’t played a single game since. Their next one will be at Michigan, ranked 23rd, on November 14, assuming the Badgers are cleared of a yard.
In August, the Big Ten said that they wouldn’t play this fall, but it reversed that decision in September and started competing in October. The federation’s revised plan calls for teams His play for at least nine matches, one of which is an exhibition that will not affect the tournament championship race.
“While we look forward to our game this weekend against Wisconsin, we understand Badgers’ decision to cancel is based on medical advice and their need to control any further transmission of the virus. team and their staff, ”Mike Bobinski, Purdue’s sporting director, said in a statement on Tuesday.
More than three dozen of the top college football matches in the conferences have been postponed or canceled due to virus-related reasons since late August.