The Nebraska / Wisconsin football game scheduled for Saturday in Lincoln has been cancelled. The Huskers game scheduled for this weekend against Wisconsin has been cancelled and will go down as a “no contest”. The announcement came after the University of Wisconsin announced Wednesday that they would be “pausing” football team activities after at least six players and six staff members tested positive for the COVID 19 virus. Among those who tested positive was Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst.
In a statement Chryst said, “This morning (Wednesday) I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday. I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel good as of this morning. I am disappointed for our players and coaching staff who put so much into preparing to play each week. But the safety of everyone in our program has to be our top priority and I support the decision made to pause our team activities.”
Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said he and UW’s Chancellor, Rebecca Blank, were making a “responsible” decision to pause in consultation with the Big Ten. “Over the past several days we have seen a rising number of student-athletes and staff contract the virus,” Alvarez said. The responsible thing for us to do is to pause football-related activities for at least seven days.”