Will Muschamp shares latest on South Carolina's COVID-19 situation, players missing practices
Not too long ago, the South Carolina Gamecocks were successful in avoiding COVID-19, but that brief run has ended. On Sunday, Will Muschamp shared the latest on cases and practice absences.
Four Gamecocks currently have the coronavirus, Muschamp told reporters. Due to contact tracing, however, those cases have resulted in 12 players absent from practice. Close contact with someone who has COVID-19 has resulted in 14-day quarantines for players at programs around the country.
South Carolina isn’t the only program dealing with double-digit COVID-19 absences. LSU’s offensive line was reportedly down to 4 players at one point last month. Auburn was recently limited to one practice over 7 days due to COVID-19 and resumed practices with 16 players out. Tennessee, South Carolina’s Week 1 opponent, canceled a scrimmage (but still practiced) on Saturday with 44 players out due to COVID-19 cases and exposure.
As Muschamp told reporters, this is simply part of what teams are dealing with in the 2020 season.
South Carolina hosts Tennessee at 7:30 p.m. ET on Sept. 26.
The four So. Carolina players who tested positive for COVID-19 last week have led to 12 players missing practice at the moment. “It’s not just the positives. It’s the contract tracing involved with that,” Will Muschamp said. “It’s the world we’re in right now.” @TheAthleticCFB
— Josh Kendall (@JoshTheAthletic) September 6, 2020