Texas Tech says 5 more football players test positive for COVID-19

The school announced that five Texas Tech Raiders football players tested positive for COVID-19 last week, bringing the team’s total positive cases to 75, as the players returned to campus in mid-June.

Six cases involving football players remain active according to the school, which also announced that it had 22 active cases, including student-athletes from other sports. According to a spokesperson, the athletic department has registered a total of 116 positive cases involving student-athletes. The football team has more than 120 players on its active roster.

According to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the Red Raiders were without 12 players for a 35–33 win against FCS Houston Baptist on Saturday.

At one point in August, Texas Tech had 21 active positive cases among football players and did not cease football-related activities, which have become the norm for most of the country.

Matt Matt Wells said at the time, “We followed all the protocols here, and you just look at your numbers, and there’s a lot of people to practice.”

The school is testing its athletes three times a week and makes protocol calls for any student-athlete who has tested positive for immediate COVID-19 to be placed in self-isolation.