LAWRENCE, Kan. — Kansas football has suspended voluntary workouts following a sharp increase in positive COVID-19 tests within the program.
The university on Friday announced that 12 members of its football team have tested positive for the virus, up 11 from the last update provided June 20. Four athletes from other sports have also tested positive, with 45 athletes currently in quarantine.
KU’s football players and staff are being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days, according to a release. At the conclusion of that time frame, everyone in the program will again be tested to determine if team activities may resume.
“When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control has made the decision to pause these workouts necessary,” said KU football coach Les Miles.
The athletic department has tested a total of 164 athletes since players returned to campus for voluntary workouts, which are ongoing for all other sports. The decision to pause those activities in football, athletic director Jeff Long said, came at the recommendation of Kansas Team Health.