Lincoln Riley says Oklahoma will not share coronavirus test results during season, citing ‘competitive disadvantage’


Coach Lincoln’s test result will no longer be shared publicly, with setters set to begin this week’s regular season soon, coach Lincoln Riley announced on Tuesday.

“I think we are now at the point where we are playing the game and obviously any active case or contact trace is going to result in the game,” Riley said. “So, like we would with an injury, we decided not to broadcast it. I know we have been the most transparent school in the country until then, but you don’t want to give your team a competitive. Loss, so we Are not going to do that. ”

The most recent test data released by the school came from August 17-21, when Oklahoma said there were 17 active cases among football players with six positive tests. Oklahoma began making the test results public in early July.

Riley said he would be surprised if the positive test results on Saturday postpone Oklahoma or the Sooners’ regular-season opener against Missouri State on Saturday. Two of the state’s other FBS football teams, Oklahoma State and Tulsa, announced Monday that their scheduled opener would be pushed back to September 19 in a week, as the COVID-19 protocol allowed Tulsa only seven times since August 7 Was allowed to practice.

“I would be surprised, but at the same time, we’re all doing a big test to stay away from making drastic decisions,” Riley said, “and it’s every team, every single week. So I never want to. Impossible.” Say, but I fully expect to play there at 6 o’clock on Saturday. ‘

Oklahoma tests its players three times a week – Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. Riley was unsure if there was a defined day and time when a decision would be made about a possible postponement during the season, but indicated that rapid test results on Friday would inform those decisions.

In the ACC, coaches have agreed to let each other know on game day who is available to play without explaining the reasons for the players being dropped, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said on Tuesday.

When asked about the overall health of his team in the lead-up to the season opener on Saturday against Wake Forest, Swaney said Clemson would also not disclose specific test numbers, his identification being a policy to protect players.

“It’s a very unique year and usually I’m always very transparent when it’s available and who isn’t,” Swine said. “Certainly some people will not be available every week for every team and that may change. We will have some people that I am sure will not play for whatever reason, whether it is some sort of short-term type of injury. Talk of or COVID protocol, be it it or quarantine or whatever it may be and that will probably be a matter of week to week and almost day to day. What everyone has decided to do is play day, available here. Who’s not here, and let’s play. ”

The Clemson athletic department has released overall test numbers without excluding specific teams affected during a recent update. Swinney said that “some people” tested positive last week, but none during the latest round of tests on Monday.

Andrea Adelson of ESPN contributed to this report.

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