Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence Tests Positive for the Coronavirus
“A student-athlete’s medical treatment will be determined by institutional medical staff, and be considered unavailable for training, team/group activities or game play until the student-athlete has both completed necessary isolation and had a medical clearance by team physicians,” the league’s medical policy says.
Last Friday, when Clemson’s athletic department most recently released data about its coronavirus testing, the university in Clemson, S.C., said seven of its student-athletes had tested positive over the previous week. Now, given Lawrence’s result, at least 138 Clemson student-athletes have tested positive since June 1.
The announcement from Swinney was just the latest troubling news in a turbulent college football season marked by conferences’ shifting their decisions about whether to proceed and, since late August, the postponement or cancellation of more than three dozen games involving Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
On Wednesday, Wisconsin canceled its game at Nebraska after at least 12 people, including six players and Coach Paul Chryst, tested positive for the virus. (The university said Thursday that three more people associated with the football program had since tested positive, and it remained unclear whether the Badgers’ next game, a Nov. 7 matchup with Purdue, would happen.)
Just over two weeks ago, Alabama, one of Clemson’s most familiar foes on the sport’s biggest stages, said that Coach Nick Saban had tested positive. Within a few days, Alabama’s medical staff determined that Saban’s result had been a false positive and, under a recent Southeastern Conference policy, allowed him to exit isolation early and coach a game against Georgia.
The A.C.C. has no such protocol.