Louisiana State University football coach Ed Orgeron revealed Tuesday that “ most ” of the team have already caught the novel coronavirus.
“I think most – not all of our players – but most of our players understand,” Orgeron said on Tuesday during a conference call. “So, I think hopefully they won’t get it back and hopefully they aren’t out for the games.”
“I don’t tell them all,” he continued when asked for clarification. “But some players got it. I don’t know the percentage. Hopefully once you get it, you don̵
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Orgeron said the team currently has “about three or four guys” who have the virus and that some players were in quarantine, though he didn’t specify an exact number.
He added that all but two or three offensive linemen skipped training due to testing two weeks ago.
“We were probably better off than we have all been on the pitch right now in the season, obviously we have to be very careful,” Orgeron said. “Our boys feel good.”
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The university began reporting aggregate positive coronavirus on August 15, when students began returning to campus. Since then, the school has confirmed more than 750 cases of COVID-19, with 50 positive cases from 11 to 13 September.
Sports Illustrated reported earlier this summer that at least 30 team members have been isolated because they tested positive for COVID-19 or had contact with at least one infected individual.
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The Tigers, fifth in the nation, aim to defend their title when they open the season on September 26 at home to Mississippi State.