According to Brett McMurphy of Stadium, the Oklahoma Sooners Football team has 9 new positive tests for COVID-19 after the team was given a week off from practice.
Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said Sooners had 9 student-athletes test positive for COVID after players had a week off from practice
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 15, 2020
This comes after the team had a period of two weeks without a single new case.
While much of the fear mongering media will take this opportunity to cast doom and gloom on the upcoming season, Outkick’s Clay Travis has a better, and much smarter, outlook on the situation.
Lincoln Riley let OU players go home. Only 25% of players left campus, but nine of those that left came back & tested positive. STRONG evidence players are much safer on campus than off campus.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 15, 2020
As Travis points out, only 25% of players left campus, with all 9 positive tests coming from players who were in this group. What this shows is that student athletes — football players in particular — are as Travis puts it, “much safer” on campus than off.
Will any other media member look at the situation like this? Highly unlikely. However, the odds are overwhelmingly in the favor of all 9 players recovering quickly, if they even show symptoms at all.
Had Oklahoma not taken the week off of practice, these players would have likely not contracted the virus. Instead, they now have the virus and are in quarantine.
College Football will happen this fall, but it will only be the smart who survive without throwing in the coward towel and punting on the season.