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The program is continuing its testing procedures.

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Team activities for the Texas Longhorns remain paused on Tuesday following three positive COVID-19 tests among players and two positive tests among coaches surfaced on Sunday.

The school announced that that the Longhorns still aren’t practicing or meeting out of an abundance of caution as the program continues COVID-19 testing procedures, which included more tests on Monday and Tuesday.

Because team activities remain paused, the status of Saturday’s game against Kansas in Lawrence remains unclear. 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 marked 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.