Texas A&M football postpones game against Tennessee after positive COVID-19 tests, SEC says

Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond (11) rushes against Arkansas during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, in College Station, Texas. (Sam Craft, AP Photo)

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Southeastern Conference announced Tuesday that Saturday’s game between Texas A&M and Tennesse has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests.

The SEC also postponed the Alabama-LSU game for the same reason.

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Officials said contact-tracing and subsequent quarantine of individuals within the LSU and A&M football programs.

SEC officials did not disclose how many players or staff members tested positive for the virus. Texas A&M released a statement saying a player and a student worker had tested positive Sunday after returning from a trip to South Carolina. The school also said a third member of the football team had a positive test on Nov. 5 and wasn’t allowed to travel on the South Carolina trip.

“While we are disappointed we are not able to play this weekend, we appreciate the SEC’s foresight to build in the flexibility that allows us to reschedule the Tennessee game,” said Texas A&Mghathletics director Ross Bjork in a statement Tuesday.

Texas A&M announced that the postponed game will be rescheduled for Dec. 12.

Freshman Sofie Romano said the SEC made the right call.

“COVID’s more important than winning,” Romano said. “A rank is a rank. But a death is like a lifetime."

Texas A&M also said COVID-19 infections have doubled from week-to-week on campus. There have been 354 new positives cases among those tested last week, according to the school. The College Station school also said the testing rate has increased to 8.1%. That’s up from 4.8% the week prior.

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