Thirty Rutgers players tested positive during outbreak
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano confirmed Friday that 30 of his football players tested positive for COVID-19 during a recent outbreak, with two players still under quarantine.
“They’re all doing well,” Schiano said during a video conference call with reporters, his first public remarks since the team shut down voluntary workouts on July 25.
“We don’t know what we don’t know, but we’ve done everything medically to make sure that they are safe. They all seem to be feeling well. Of those 30, probably half of them were asymptomatic. They never felt anything. They just tested positive. The other half had symptoms. … I’m confident that we’re doing well medically.”
Schiano said all of the players who tested positive are receiving “a full cardiac workup” due to concerns about heart issues in athletes affected by the coronavirus. Several staff members also reportedly tested positive.
Schiano, 54, rejoined the Scarlet Knights on Dec. 1, signing an eight-year, $32 million contract. He had previously coached the school from 2001-11 before serving as head coach of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012-13) and associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Ohio State (2016-18).
The Big Ten announced earlier this week that it was postponing fall sports to spring 2021.
Schiano replaced Chris Ash, who compiled an 8-32 record at Rutgers from 2016-19.
–Field Level Media