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Notre Dame’s lone game outside ACC against USF


Notre Dame will play South Florida on Sept. 19 as its lone non-conference game.

The Fighting Irish will play as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, a move made in response to the coronavirus pandemic altering schedules of the Power Five conferences.

The USF game will be part of a three-game series between Notre Dame and South Florida, with future dates to be determined and one home game for the Bulls in Tampa, Florida.

Five Notre Dame players test positive

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Notre Dame announced that five football players tested positive during two rounds of coronavirus testing this week.

The athletic department said the football program decided to test twice this week in light of the university’s decision Tuesday to move to remote learning because of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. A total of 232 tests were done.

The five players who tested positive are in isolation. Through contact tracing, six other players have been placed in quarantine.

The football team has conducted 851 coronavirus tests since June 18, with nine positive results.

The Fighting Irish did not practice for a second straight day. Another round of testing is set for Friday. The team said practices would resume based on the recommendation of the medical staff.

Two Notre Dame football players in isolation

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Notre Dame tested 117 football players for COVID-19 and two tested positive, according to university physician Dr. Matt Leiszler.

Of the two positive tests, one player was mildly symptomatic and the other was asymptomatic. The university said both are in isolation and their parents have been notified.

Also, through contact tracing seven football players are in quarantine, all of them asymptomatic. Additionally, 43 staff members, including coaches and trainers, were tested and all came back negative.

Overall, the university says it has administered 619 COVID-19 tests to members of the football program and athletic department staff with four positive tests. Two student-athletes have since recovered.