This weekend’s game between the Michigan State Spartans and Maryland Terrapins has officially been canceled.
Maryland announced on Thursday that head coach Mike Locksley has tested positive for COVID-19, while 15 student-athletes and seven staff members tested positive over the past week. Because of the influx of positive tests, the program must shut down for a minimum of seven days.
“I am gutted for our team and for our fans,” Locksley said in a press release. “This team is eager to play and compete and continue the growth we’ve seen this season. This virus is testing our players and coaches right now, but I have no doubt that we will emerge as a stronger unit for having gone through this together. As for me personally, I am feeling strong, with only minor symptoms. I will continue to lead this program virtually and our game preparations for Indiana will begin immediately.”
NEWS: Under the guidance and advice from university medical staff, Maryland Athletics has canceled Saturday's scheduled football game against Michigan State. The game will not be rescheduled. https://t.co/ljShMQqL2E
— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) November 19, 2020
Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker said his team was practicing this week and the Spartans players were hoping to play. Now, they will not return to action until November 28 against Northwestern.
“From all indications, everything I’ve been told, they’re trying to play and so we’re preparing to play,” Tucker said earlier in the week. “I know that they want to play. I talked to (Maryland head coach Mike Locksley on Tuesday) morning for a long time, we had a good talk. I know they want to play, and so we’re preparing to play.”
The game between Michigan State and Maryland will not be rescheduled.