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USF football reports no positive coronavirus tests for third week in a row

Coach Jeff Scott’s announcement comes three days after fall-semester classes started on campus
USF's football team has been practicing coronavirus-free for weeks now.
USF's football team has been practicing coronavirus-free for weeks now. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Aug. 27, 2020

TAMPA — A bustling news day at USF teemed with both emotion and encouragement.

After announcing the Bulls had chosen not to practice Thursday in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, first-year coach Jeff Scott also informed reporters the Bulls had no positive COVID-19 tests for the third week in a row.

USF, which normally conducts its weekly tests on Mondays, tested all its players, coaches and support staff on Wednesday this week. The fall semester, featuring some in-person classes, began at USF on Monday.

“To me, this was the biggest test, knowing that our young men have been here now for several weeks,” Scott said.

“And with students coming back and all these type of things, this was gonna be a good kind of litmus test — in my opinion — for us. ... So I am more confident than I’ve been in the past, but I tell our guys every day when we start meetings or go to practice, there’s no guarantee we’re gonna be out here tomorrow.”

USF is scheduled to open its 11-game regular season at home Sept. 12 against The Citadel. The school also announced a three-game series with Notre Dame, starting Sept. 19 in South Bend.

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