Louisville has halted all football related activities and its match in Virginia on Saturday will be moved to November 14 after a coronavirus outbreak affected the Cardinals, ACC announced on Wednesday night.
Both teams had an open date next weekend, allowing games to be moved without interrupting their extra schedule.
Fifteen members of Cardinals have tested positive for the virus, including 10 players and five support staff members, and seven others are on quarantine. No coach is active or in quarantine.
On Friday, many players on the Louisville defense had positive results or were under contact tracking quarantine. As a result, the Cardinals battled Virginia Tech with four excellent defensive lines. From Friday through Wednesday̵7;s latest test round, the number of affected players and staff doubled, prompting Louisville to halt operations.
Sports director Vince Tyra said in a call to the media on Wednesday night that the staff had checked the active work in the gym and were in contact with all the players on the team, giving a love affair. Unique circumstances force the Card to pause in an attempt to minimize future contagion.
Louisville will check back on Friday and Sunday. If there is no further transmission, the plan is to continue training on Monday.
“While the player count might not be as high as you have heard from other programs paused, we felt it was necessary due to the fact that the support staff gave positive results” Tyra said. “They work closely with our players in the gym and the equipment area, so that’s a bit nervous and it looks like we need to take some time off here.”
Tyra said the source of the outbreak has yet to be determined but it focuses on defensive warriors. Louisville will have three good defensive midfielders available to play against Virginia. Although teams are not required to have a minimum number of players in that position group in ACC, Tyra said, “I know other players who played against players in different positions, but when you go into battle Trench and there is a lot of contact between attacking and defensive midfielders, it’s one of the tournaments to keep an eye on. “
If Louisville fails to play next week, Tyra said there is a chance the teams could play on December 19, the day of the ACC championship match.
This marks the fifth ACC game affected by COVID-19. To date, all virus-affected conference games have been rescheduled.
Virginia had to reschedule twice because of a coronavirus problem affecting her opponents. Before that, the opening match against rival Virginia Tech was delayed to December 12 after several Hokies players and coaches tested positive for the virus in September.