The Texas Longhorns paused all team activities on Sunday after three players and two coaches tested positive for COVID-19 following negative tests on Friday before Saturday’s game against the Kansas State Wildcats, the school announced in a press release.
Texas will test players and coaches again on Monday and Tuesday before making a determination about resuming team activities ahead of Saturday’s regular-season finale against Kansas in Lawrence. Originally scheduled for Nov. 21, the game was postponed because the Jayhawks could not meet the Big 12 minimum requirements at a position group.
Sunday’s news marks the first time that issues with Longhorns players contracting the novel coronavirus has forced a pause in team activities since the on-boarding process started in June. Head coach Tom Herman indicated that a significant number of players had COVID-19 during the summer, but those cases never altered the conditioning or practice schedule.
In September, the Big 12 announced the minimum thresholds for competition — having 53 players available overall, including walk ons, as well as position minimums of seven offensive linemen, four interior defensive linemen, and one quarterback. Teams can still elect to play if they fall below any of those thresholds or the conference commissioner could declare it a no-contest.