Kansas State has put voluntary offseason football workouts on hold after 14 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19. The Saturday announcement came following the latest round of testing for the coronavirus. The school, which resumed team workouts last Monday, will suspend the workouts for 14 days.
"The health and well-being of our student-athletes will always be our top priority," athletic director Gene Taylor said in a statement. "Following the most recent test results, we felt like temporarily pausing all football workouts and access to our facilities was the best decision for everyone. We continue to take this situation very seriously and want to do everything we can to get back to workouts soon."
This is not the first time a school has suspended voluntary workouts for athletes returning to campus since the NCAA allowed its moratorium to expire at the end of May. Earlier this month, Houston suspended all workouts indefinitely after six symptomatic athletes tested positive for COVID-19.
As expected, positive cases have been popping up all across college football since athletes began returning to campus. Among the more notable examples, as many as 23 Clemson football players have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to The Athletic. Texas also reported that 13 players have tested positive for COVID-19. UCLA players are in communication with coach Chip Kelly about additional best practices they want implemented as they phase into returning to campus.
The NCAA recently approved a six-week preseason calendar beginning on July 13 for training camp, though teams playing in Week 0 would start on July 6.