14 OU Football Players, Two Staff Members Test Positive For COVID-19

Jul 2, 2020

University of Oklahoma football players and staff members were tested for the coronavirus ahead of voluntary workouts on Wednesday.

Of the 111 players tested, seven were positive for COVID-19 and seven more were known to have tested positive previously. Additionally, 72 staff members were also tested, with two found to be positive for COVID-19.

OU's protocols say that any student-athlete who tests positive will be quarantined in an on-campus facility and supported by OU medical staff. Staff members who test positive will isolate at their homes. Tracking and contact tracing will be implemented to determine others who may be at risk.

During stage one of workouts, groups are limited to 10 players and a small group of staff members.

On Monday, Oklahoma State University announced it has tested 110 football players, which resulted in 14 positive results. Of those, one student-athlete remains an active cases and is in quarantine.

Also on Wednesday, OU's athletics department announced budget cuts of about $13.7 million, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cuts include a 10 percent salary reduction for staff making $1 million per year or more. That includes Athletic Director Joe Castiglione, football coach Lincoln Riley, men's basketball coach Lon Kruger and women's basketball coach Sherri Coale. Castiglione said more cuts may be necessary in the future.