Auburn halts football activities after 12 positive tests
Auburn halted football activities on Tuesday after a dozen positive tests for COVID-19 hit the program.
The stoppage isn’t affecting the next game for the No. 24 Tigers (4-2). On Monday, the SEC postponed Auburn’s game against Mississippi State because of a coronavirus outbreak among the Bulldogs.
At Auburn, nine players and three staff members tested positive, coach Gus Malzahn said. He declined to provide additional details.
The Tigers didn’t play last weekend because of a scheduled week off and haven’t played since Oct. 31, win they beat LSU 48-11. The previous positive tests in the program occurred Sept. 12, and Malzahn told reporters last week that he told his players to be careful with their time away from the team.
“The message was the No. 1 thing we have to do this week is have COVID etiquette and be responsible,” Malzahn said last week. “That’s going to be a huge key to the last four games and our success.”
COVID-19 has impacted at least half of all SEC teams. Mississippi State and Texas A&M are on pause, and Saturday’s game between LSU and No. 1 Alabama is in jeopardy because of a number of cases at LSU.
Outbreaks at Vanderbilt and Florida also have forced postponements this season.
Auburn is slated to host Tennessee on Nov. 21.
–Field Level Media