Badgers had second game canceled due to coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Wisconsin Badgers had to cancel another college football game due to their coronavirus outbreak. The Badgers will not play this weekend against the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday.

The school announced on Tuesday that their active cases have reached 27. At the moment, the program has 15 players with the virus with 12 staffers dealing with the infectious virus.

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COVID-19 (Photo by the CDC)

The team has shut down their activities indefinitely.

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“I’m concerned with the health and safety of the guys,” Badgers Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said. “No one wants to be on that field any more than I do. But I’m not going to lose track of priorities.”

The Badgers also had to cancel their scheduled game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers last weekend on October 31st. The Big Ten Conference is not expected to make up either game.

“While we looked forward to our game this weekend against Wisconsin, we understand the Badgers’ decision to cancel based on medical advice and their need to control any additional transmission of the virus within their team and staff,” Purdue Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said in a statement. “The health, well-being and safety of all student-athletes, coaches and staff remains the top priority for the entire Big Ten and will continue to guide decision-making.”

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There have been 38 FBS games that have been either postponed or canceled due to the coronavirus. The Badgers have been dealing with an outbreak since October 24th, which just happened to be the day after they made their season-debut in a 45-7 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini.

“It just didn’t feel as though we had our arms around it and had things controlled as I thought we needed,” Alvarez said.

With the Big Ten protocols in place, if a player tests positive for the virus, they must sit out 21 days before they are eligible to return to their team.

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With these two cancellations, Wisconsin will have just five games left on their schedule. Right now, their next scheduled game is against the Michigan Wolverines on November 14th.

The Big Ten Conference is expected to play their Championship game on December 19th if there is no pushback.

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