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Tom Izzo tests positive for coronavirus

Tom Izzo

One of college basketball’s biggest names has tested positive for COVID-19.

Michigan State announced Monday that basketball coach Tom Izzo has tested positive for the virus and is experiencing what he calls “mild symptoms.” Izzo said in a statement that he intends to follow the advice of the team medical staff with the aim of returning to practices as soon as possible.

Izzo will be subject to a mandatory 10-day isolation period. Michigan State’s schedule is in flux due to the pandemic, but as long as there are no complications, he should be cleared in plenty of time to coach the team normally.

Izzo has been working his normal schedule in recent months. He also spoke to the Spartans’ football team recently.

Trevor Lawrence will not play against Notre Dame

Trevor Lawrence

Trevor Lawrence’s positive coronavirus test will keep him out next week against Notre Dame.

Dabo Swinney confirmed after Saturday’s win over Boston College that Lawrence will not play next Saturday. No further information was given.

Guidelines indicate that a 10-day quarantine is necessary for those who test positive for COVID-19. Lawrence could have played against Notre Dame under that timetable. However, that was always going to be dictated by Lawrence’s symptoms and passing the relevant protocols. Via ESPN’s Andrea Adelson, Swinney said Lawrence simply would not be able to pass all those protocols in time to play.

Clemson will likely go with DJ Uiagalelei once again. Uiagalelei started in the Tigers’ slim win over Boston College, going 30/41 for 342 yards and two touchdowns.

MLB to investigate Justin Turner for refusing to isolate after positive coronavirus test

Justin Turner

Major League Baseball is blaming Justin Turner for the fact that he celebrated on the field after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series.

Turner was removed from Game 6 after seven innings upon MLB’s receipt of his positive COVID-19 test. Despite this, he was seen on the field celebrating with teammates after the game ended.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the league made clear that Turner ignored orders to refrain from going on the field. MLB promised a “full investigation” and blamed Turner for putting “everyone he came in contact with at risk.”

It’s clear that MLB isn’t happy with what transpired. Turner celebrating on the field after testing positive led to criticism.

It’s not clear if Turner will be punished, though, or how he even can be.

NFL says it has a plan if player tests positive for coronavirus during game

Roger Goodell

Tuesday night’s situation at the World Series involving Justin Turner has led some to wonder how other sports would handle a similar situation.

Turner was removed from Game 6 after seven innings after testing positive for COVID-19. Despite this, he defied isolation orders to celebrate on the field with his teammates after they won the title.

Such a situation would not happen in the NFL, the league said. It cited a protocol in place for the unlikely situation that a player receives a positive test result during a game.

“Game day tests for night games are conducted in mid- to late-morning,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy told ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio via email. “For the most part, it’s unlikely, but possible to get a result before or during the game.”

McCarthy added that all NFL stadiums have on-site isolation rooms. Any player testing positive during a game would be isolated there.

“If a player or Club employee develops symptoms of COVID-19 for the first time while inside the facility, that individual must be placed in a mask and immediately isolated in a separate room with a closed door,” McCarthy added. “Team medical personnel and security would ensure the individual does not come into contact with other individuals.”

It seems like a solid enough plan. That said, the league has still had some issues getting teams to abide by safety protocols. Hopefully these particular protocols won’t need to be put to the test.

Jon Gruden makes bold claim about Raiders’ handling of coronavirus

Jon Gruden

The Las Vegas Raiders have had their share of issues with COVID-19 this season, but coach Jon Gruden clearly thinks the team’s handling of the virus has been exemplary.

Members of the Raiders have received multiple fines for failing to follow the NFL’s safety protocols. Offensive lineman Trent Brown recently tested positive for the virus, and the team briefly had to isolate its entire offensive line as a result.

Gruden, however, was quick to point out that the Raiders are far from the only team to have a positive test. Then he made an even bolder claim about the team’s handling of the virus.

“As an organization, we are on the cutting edge of beating the virus,” Gruden said, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

It’s not very clear what Gruden is basing this on. The Raiders don’t seem any closer to “beating” COVID-19 than any other organization. In fact, the league is reportedly looking into the team’s handling of it.

Gruden was among the first coaches fined for not wearing a mask back in Week 1. Maybe he’s learned his lesson, but the Raiders definitely don’t look like they’re leading the league in handling the virus.

Report: NBA could play MLB-style series to limit travel

Adam Silver

The NBA is fully focused on ironing out a plan and schedule for next season now that the 2019-20 season has finally come to a close. While another season in a bubble does not seem like a possibility, there could be some significant changes with the way the schedule is structured.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and Zach Lowe report that the NBA is having discussions about beginning the 2020-21 season as early as Christmas Day. The plan could be to play fewer than 72 games and possibly not wait until fans are permitted to attend. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA could also move to an MLB-style schedule where teams play mini-series against one another to limit travel.

While the bubble in Walt Disney World was ultimately a success, there are numerous reasons the NBA would prefer to avoid doing it again. Money is the most obvious reason.

There was originally some talk that the NBA could wait until fans are cleared to attend games, but no one knows when that will be. As Wojnarowski notes, approximately two thirds of the league’s teams would not be permitted to have fans at the moment due to local regulations. If the NBA waits until those restrictions are lifted, revenue would suffer.

The NBA previously informed teams that the season will not start before Christmas Day. That may be a realistic target date.

Report: NFL investigating whether Raiders followed safety protocols

Raiders logo

The Las Vegas Raiders are the latest team to potentially run afoul of the NFL’s coronavirus safety protocols.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the NFL and NFLPA are looking into how strictly the Raiders followed the league’s COVID-19 safety protocols. One primary focus is on offensive lineman Trent Brown, who tested positive for the virus this week. The league believes Brown had failed to consistently wear his tracking device, and spent time around teammates without wearing a mask.

The Raiders are currently having their entire offensive line, as well as safety Johnathan Abram, stay home and isolate due to potential contact with Brown.

It could be bad news for the Raiders if they’re found to have been lax on following or enforcing NFL protocols. The league has already fined several Raiders for failing to abide by the guidelines. Coach Jon Gruden had been hit with a fine before that, too.

It’s not clear if the Raiders as a whole could face punishment if a handful of players were careless about protocols. That said, this would be a third violation within the organization. That’s not a good look at all, and the NFL may decide to take a stricter approach if it can.

NFL teams reportedly want Titans punished over COVID outbreak

Roger Goodell

The NFL and NFL Players Association have been investigating what led to a coronavirus outbreak with the Tennessee Titans, and it sounds like a legitimate possibility that the team will be penalized in some way.

The NFL says its probe has focused on what led to the COVID-19 outbreak and how to prevent it going forward. That is the priority, but the league is also looking into whether or not the Titans knowingly violated health and safety protocols. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, there is a belief that the Titans will face “serious consequences” based on what is already known about the situation.

There is evidence that the Titans did not comply with the COVID-19 safety protocols, which were agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA prior to the season. Two general managers who spoke with La Canfora called for the NFL to come down hard on Tennessee.

“They weren’t following the rules. They had an outbreak that kept growing and it forced how many other teams to move around and adjust? We weren’t even affected by it and I’m pis-ed off,” one GM said. “I couldn’t believe what I heard Tuesday night and neither could my owner.”

Another GM said all of the calls and memos from the league have been a waste of everyone’s time if the Titans aren’t “crushed” for what they did.

The Titans held a workout outside their facility even though they knew they weren’t supposed to. It’s unclear what other rules they may have violated or what the punishment could be for doing so.

Nick Saban gets first negative coronavirus test in bid to coach Saturday

Nick Saban

Alabama coach Nick Saban got some good news on Friday, though he still has a way to go in order to coach on Saturday.

The school announced that Saban received a negative coronavirus test on Friday. It is his first negative test, and he needs two more — each 24 hours apart — in order to be cleared by the SEC.

Saban remains asymptomatic and is still isolating until he receives the necessary clearance from the conference.

Alabama is slated to play Georgia at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday. Saban could still coach in that game, but we won’t know if he can until Saturday afternoon.

Colts, Falcons reopen facilities following false positive coronavirus tests

Colts logo

The Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts were the two latest NFL teams to close their facilities this week due to positive coronavirus tests, but fortunately both teams have already returned to business as usual.

The Falcons closed their facility on Thursday due to multiple positive COVID-19 tests. The Colts then issued a statement on Friday morning announcing that they were dealing with a similar situation. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, all of those tests for Indy were false positives. It sounds like the same was true for Atlanta.

That is obviously good news, though it is a reminder of how false positive tests can cause complications.

As of now, there have been no additional changes to the NFL’s Week 6 schedule. That can change at any time, especially with the health and safety protocols the league’s chief medical officer spoke about earlier in the week.