Testing positive for COVID before the season may be an advantage according to NCAA's advised testing policy
Maybe Boomer Esiason had a point.
All kidding aside, if a college football player is going to test positive for COVID, right before the season may be the best time to do so thanks to the NCAA’s advised testing policy.
According to Brett McMurphy of Stadium, the NCAA plans to advise schools that once a player tests positive for COVID, that player won’t require another COVID test for three months — unless that player shows symptoms during that three-month span.
“Sources told @Stadium, NCAA advises schools that after a student-athlete has a confirmed positive COVID test, they won’t have to test again for next 3 months unless they show symptoms. For example, players who test positive in July, will not have to test again until October,” McMurphy shared on Friday.
While it is ridiculous to suggest a college coach would want to put his players in harms way, as we still don’t know the long-term effects having COVID may have on the body, if a player has completely recovered from getting the virus and can play the next three months without having to worry about a test, that has to be a relief to coaches and programs across the nation.
Now, it’s important to point out McMurphy notes the NCAA only “advises” this testing practice, so it may not be the standard testing policy adopted by all schools but it is something to keep an eye on.
Should any star players test positive leading up to the season, it appears there’s a good chance they won’t be tested at all during the season.