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Middle Tennessee to allow fans for home opener

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Middle Tennessee is allowing 20% fan capacity, or about 7,000 fans, inside Floyd Stadium on Sept. 19 for the Blue Raiders’ home opener against Troy.

Athletic director Chris Massaro announced the update Wednesday.

Tailgating will not be allowed. Massaro says the plan was drawn up after consulting with university, local and state health officials. Of the seats, 1,000 will be held for students.

Massaro says the seating capacity could expand or contract depending on how people follow the guidelines at the opener and if COVID-19 cases continue dropping locally. All seats will be re-assigned for social distancing, and fans will be required to wear a mask inside the stadium and in the parking lots.

The NFL’s Tennessee Titans host Jacksonville on Sept. 20 in Nashville with no fans allowed at Nissan Stadium. The difference there is Nashville has its own local health department overseeing capacity issues during the pandemic.

USC pauses workouts

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Southern California has paused the workouts of its football and men’s water polo teams until at least Monday after a combined eight positive COVID-19 tests in the programs.

The school claims it determined through contact tracing that all eight athletes contracted the virus off campus. The athletes have been isolated.

USC will conduct another round of COVID-19 testing for both programs this week.

During the school’s previous five weeks of testing, the football, men’s water polo, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball programs had returned just one combined positive test.