Louisiana State University football coach Ed Orgeron revealed Tuesday that ‘most’ of the team has already caught the new coronavirus.
“I think most – not all of our players – but most of our players have caught it,” Orgeron said Tuesday during a teleconference. “So I hope hopefully they don’t catch it again, and hopefully they are not out to play.”
“I do not want to say them all,” he continued when asked for clarification. “But some players have caught it. I do not know the percentage. Hopefully, once you get it, you will not get it again.”
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Orgeron said the team currently has “about three or four guys” who have the virus and that a few players were quarantined – though he did not provide an exact number.
He added that all but two or three offensive linemen missed practice due to testing two weeks ago.
“Was probably better off than we all have been in camp right now this season, of course we have to be really careful,” Orgeron said. “Our guys are fine.”
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The university began reporting overall positive coronavirus on August 15, when students began returning to campus. Since then, the school has confirmed more than 750 COVID-19 cases with 50 positive cases from September 11 to September 13.
Sports Illustrated reported earlier this summer that at least 30 members of the team have been isolated because they either tested positive for COVID-19 or had contact with at least one infected person.
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The Tigers, ranked fifth in the nation, aim to defend their title when they open the season on September 26 at home against Mississippi State.