Eli Drinkwitz reveals Missouri is dangerously close to not meeting SEC roster size figure
For the second straight week, Missouri could potentially be heading toward a postponement due to COVID-19 testing.
During his Tuesday press conference, Tigers head coach Eli Drinkwitz shared that the team currently has 56 scholarship players available to play this week at South Carolina. The SEC’s requirement this season is for teams to have at least 53 available, so Missouri could be in jeopardy of falling below that number. Drinkwitz said the team is still awaiting the results of two additional COVID-19 tests.
This past week, Missouri was supposed to host Georgia, but the Tigers had a pair of positive COVID-19 tests that then required contact tracing, which caused that game to be postponed indefinitely. Since those two positive tests, Drinkwitz said the team has had a couple more positives, putting Mizzou at its current roster number.
The Tigers are also going to be without four players for the first half this week due to their involvement in a fight during the Florida game on Oct. 31.
“I don’t know what our final roster or number will look like,” Drinkwitz told the media. “We are committed to playing this week. We want to play, our players want to play and so we will do whatever we can in order to have that opportunity. But it is what it is.”
If the Tigers are able to play, it will be their first action since Oct. 31, as they’re currently set to go 21 days between games, an unorthodox stretch for a regular season.
Missouri and South Carolina are scheduled to kick off on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network Alternate.