Just three days after Louisiana’s No.25 game against central Arkansas was canceled – with 33 players eliminated after positive coronavirus tests and contact tracing – the team announced on Twitter on Saturday that the trainer Billy Napier had tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the statement, Napier began showing symptoms on Tuesday evening before self-isolating. When Napier’s symptoms persisted, he had a PCR test on Friday and tested positive on Saturday.
While awaiting a successful recovery, Napier and the Ragin ‘Cajuns are scheduled to travel separately to Monroe, Louisiana for a Nov. 28 game against Louisiana Monroe.
Louisiana (7-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) had already suffered from coronavirus issues before this week’s outbreak. Seven starters missed the Ragin ‘Cajuns’ victory over Georgia Southern in September. Two players missed last week’s victory over southern Alabama for COVID-related reasons. Their game against Appalachian State has been postponed to December 4.
Earlier Saturday, one of the biggest ACC college football games of the season was postponed between No.4 Clemson and Florida State in Tallahassee. The teams’ medical staff could not agree on the progress of the game, the ACC said in a statement.
This is the third ACC game that has been postponed this weekend. Wake Forest’s game against Duke was initially postponed, but the league announced on Saturday that it would not be played. Georgia Tech’s football game in Miami, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been tentatively postponed until December 19.
Almost 20 games have been postponed or canceled this week.
Games of the week 12 affected by COVID-19
Ohio to Miami, Ohio, scheduled for Nov. 17 – Canceled.
State of Utah, Wyoming, scheduled for Nov. 19 – Canceled.
Alabama Birmingham to Texas-El Paso, scheduled for Nov 20 – Canceled.
Arizona State, Colorado, scheduled for Nov. 21 – Canceled.
Coastal Carolina # 18 in Troy, scheduled for November 21 – Postponed to December 12.
Louisiana Tech vs. Louisiana-Monroe, scheduled for Nov 21 – Canceled.
Georgia Tech at # 9 Miami, scheduled for November 21 – Postponed to December 19.
Mississippi at No.6 Texas A&M, scheduled for Nov 21 – Postponed. No makeup date set.
Michigan State in Maryland, scheduled for Nov. 21 – Canceled. Declared no contest.
Houston at the Southern Methodist, scheduled for Nov 21 – Postponed. No makeup date set.
Navy in South Florida, scheduled for Nov 21 – Postponed. No makeup date set.
Central Arkansas at # 25 Louisiana-Lafayette, scheduled for November 21 – Canceled.
Charlotte at # 15 Marshall, scheduled for November 21 – Postponed. No makeup date set.
# 23 Texas in Kansas, scheduled for November 21 – Postponed to December 12.
UNLV in Colorado State, scheduled for Nov 21 – Postponed. No makeup date set.
San Jose State to Fresno State, scheduled for Nov 21 – Canceled. Declared no contest.
Wake Forest at Duke, slated for Nov. 21 – “Won’t play,” ACC says.
Washington State at Stanford, scheduled for Nov 21 – Canceled. Declared no contest.
Clemson at Florida State, scheduled for Nov 21 – Postponed to Dec 1.
Contributor: Chris Bumbaca