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Baylor Football Calls off Practice, Game for the Week

Brock Fritz

The Baylor University football team won’t take the practice field this week, and won’t play their previously-scheduled game against Oklahoma State this weekend.

Baylor, which has paused all football-related activities since Thursday due to positive COVID-19 tests, announced Sunday that its Oct. 17 home game against Oklahoma State has been postponed until Dec. 12.

"We are disappointed to postpone another game," said Baylor director of athletics Mack B. Rhoades in the university’s press release. "However, the significant increase in positive COVID-19 cases has led to concerns of an outbreak and the decision to suspend team practice through October 17. Secondly, this has caused a position group to fall below the minimum threshold of available players.
"Though this is an unfortunate outcome, we remain determined to return to the field in the safest manner possible.”

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The Bears also had to postpone their Sept. 19 game against Houston after they failed to meet the Big 12’s minimum COVID-19 thresholds.

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"In situations like this, it is best to do all that you can to break the chain of transmission to help mitigate the length of time for ongoing spread of the virus," Dr. Christopher J. Hostler, co-founder and co-owner of Infection Control Education for Major Sports, was quoted saying in Baylor’s release.

According to CBS Sports, the Baylor versus Oklahoma State game is the 27thgame to be postponed or canceled this season.

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