NC State paused all athletic activities on Monday after the school has identified a cluster of 27 coronavirus cases within its sports programs.
The football team, which is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 12, is one of the programs that has been affected but is not the only sport.
The football team did not practice on Monday. Fred Demarest, a senior associate athletic director for NC State, said the players, coaches and staff in the football program have been tested twice per week.
According to the numbers released on social media by Demarest on Monday night, NC State had 22 new positives from its most recent 693 tests. Of the previous 1,360 tests of the athletes, coaches and staff, there were only eight positives.
“Based on the information available to us, we are making the necessary and swift decision to pause athletic-related activities until we have additional information,” NC State athletic director Boo Corrigan said in a statement released by the school. “We will continue to work with all appropriate parties to evaluate the most responsible path moving forward and will provide further details when available.”
While the Big Ten and Pac-12 made the decision earlier this month to postpone the college football season, the ACC and two other “power” conferences decided to proceed with the season.
The ACC adjusted its schedules on July 29 to push the start of the season back to Sept. 12 and increase the number of conference games (from eight to 10) and reduce the overall number of games (from 12 to 11).
NC State’s decision comes after the University of North Carolina made a similar decision to pause activities this past Thursday and after NC State decided to switch to virtual learning this past Thursday.