While many people spend the week cheering the return of college football across the nation, each Saturday seems to bring with it a fresh reminder that we are not out of the woods when it comes to COVID-19 by any means.

We were all reminded of that right off the bat as the game between Syracuse and Georgia Tech, set to kick off around noon on Saturday, was delayed following the announcement that three members of the Syracuse football team needed to be re-tested to confirm negative COVID-19 results.

According to SU radio commentator Matt Park, the issue involves three members of the football program, though it was unclear if it was players, coaches, or some combination. However, Syracuse.com’s Brent Axe and Chris Carlson both reported that it was three players.

Details are sparse in terms of what the initial COVID-19 tests said, why they felt there was a need to re-test, and why this happened at the last minute just before both teams were about to run out of the tunnel. It’s also unclear what happens if the retest comes back inconclusive. UPDATE: All tests came back negative. 

The game is the first inside the renovated Carrier Dome, though no fans are present in the stadium. The game was rescheduled for 12:30 but both teams returned to the field at that time, which means it’s more likely looking at a 1:00 start, if it does restart.


About Sean Keeley

Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.