Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest Has Been Postponed, Oct. 3 Reschedule Unlikely
Notre Dame and Wake Forest will not play this weekend and are looking to reschedule the game that was slated for Saturday. Here is what Notre Dame just released:
"A total of 94 COVID-19 tests were administered to Notre Dame Football student-athletes on Monday. Of those 94, there were seven positive tests, according to University Physician Dr. Matt Leiszler. Those seven student-athletes are in isolation and their close contacts have been/are being identified.
"In consultation with the St. Joseph County Department of Health, the Notre Dame Football program has decided to pause all football-related activities until further testing is completed. Combined with last week’s testing results, a total of 13 players are currently in isolation, with 10 in quarantine.
"The ACC and Wake Forest have been notified, and the process of rescheduling the game originally slated for Sept. 26 is underway.
“With student-athlete health and safety our primary focus, we will continue to follow our prevention protocols and ongoing testing procedures,” said Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly. “We managed an increase in positivity rates in August, and the players handled it wonderfully.
“We knew COVID would present challenges throughout the season, and we'll always put student-athlete health and safety at the forefront of our decision making. We look forward to resuming team activities and getting back on the playing field.”
Notre Dame and Wake Forest both have bye games Oct. 3, so that will likely be the first date they try and work out. I'm told by sources the current number of players in quarantine is expected to grow.
3:46 PM UPDATE: After talking with sources, the chances of Notre Dame and Wake Forest playing Oct. 3, the weekend both have bye weeks, is unlikely at this point. The number of players in contract tracing appears to be the problem, as players that are in the quarantine protocol for contact tracing are mandated to be out 14 days even if they test negative for COVID-19 every single day.
If that holds up, that would mean the players in quarantine because of contact tracing would place them out until the week of the Florida State game, and they would not be eligible to return the weekend of Oct. 3. According to my sources, there are far more players in quarantine for contact tracing than there are who test positive for the virus.
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