Oklahoma State vs. Tulsa game postponed a week after COVID-19 cases disrupted Golden Hurricane practices


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The scheduled Sept 12 game between Oklahoma State and Tulsa has been withdrawn in a week due to a disruption of prescon practice due to a coronovirus epidemic. Will play instead Played next week In Stillwater, Oklahoma, on September 19, Tulsa was released on Monday night.

“The safety and health of our student-athletes is always at the core of all our discussions and decisions. Without being properly prepared physically we will put our student-athletes at greater risk of injury.” said Tulsa Eddie Derrick Gragg in the release. “An open date for both schools presented us with the opportunity to resume the game a week later. I am applauding Mike Holder and Oklahoma State University for their cooperation in coming to this decision.”

Less than a month after the announcement, Tulsa temporarily halted workouts in mid-August, when eight players tested positive for COVID-19. The other eight players who came in direct contact with positive matters were also in quarantine. Stopping exercise for any period, although not uncommon in the last few months, affects preparation. Already in Week 1, Middle Tennessee, Navy and Eastern Kentucky are examples of when an overflowed, undernourished team tries to take the field.

Pushing the game back by a week probably doesn’t change much, but that’s why these conferences are held in more open weeks. Another game with a Big 12 team – SMU vs. TCU – has been postponed while the Frogs deal with their own spike in positive cases of COVID-19.