IU Football Pauses Team Activities, Purdue Awaiting COVID Test Results

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.–The Indiana University football team has stopped all team-related activities because of an increase in coronavirus within the program.

The team did not practice Tuesday morning. All players and Tier I coaches and staff underwent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

PCR tests are used to directly detect the presence of an antigen, rather than the presence of the body’s immune response, or antibodies.

The decision to pause was made by the IU Athletics Medical Advisory Group.

“The health and safety of our students, coaches, and staff is paramount,” IU Vice President & Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson said. “In consultation with our medical experts, we decided this is the appropriate decision at this time. We will continue to assess the situation moving forward.”

The Purdue football team also decided not to practice Tuesday. They are evaluating coronavirus test results.

IU and Purdue are scheduled to play each other in the Old Oaken Bucket Game Saturday.

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