Texas Tech confirms 23 players/staffers tested positive for COVID-19


At least when it comes to COVID-19, Texas Tech football has something in common with Clemson.

Earlier this month, it was reported that 23 of its Clemson’s football players and staffers had tested positive for COVID-19.  Exactly one week later, Texas Tech announced that 23 of its football players and staffers have also tested positive for COVID-19.  That’s out of 197 individuals who were tested.

According to the school, 21 of those 23 positives have since recovered.  No hospitalizations for any of the positives have been required.

Any individual who tested positive will be forced to isolate for at least 10 days.  Those individuals who have been in close contact with a person who tested positive have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

“Texas Tech’s priority remains the health and safety of each of its student-athletes and staff,” the school’s release read. “As part of its Return to Campus Plan, Texas Tech tested each football student-athlete upon return to campus.  The same protocol will be implemented for each program as its student-athletes return for voluntary activity.”

In mid-May, the Big 12 announced it would allow football players to return to campus for voluntary workouts beginning June 15.  Tech confirmed its players would begin those voluntary activities the same day it was first allowed.

Boise State (HERE), Houston (HERE) and Kansas State (HERE) have also temporarily halted workouts due to COVID-19 concerns.

Texas Tech is scheduled to open the 2020 football season at UTEP Sept. 5.

WVU RB Donaldson in concussion protocol, out for Baylor game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.

Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.

“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”

Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.

West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.

Taulia Tagovailoa says he visited brother, Tua, over weekend

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.

Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.

“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”

Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.

“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”

Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.

“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”

Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.

“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘

Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.

“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.