Willie Taggart’s FAU debut postponed because of coronavirus positives

With Saturday’s game called off, Willie Taggart’s premiere with the Owls is now scheduled to be next week against USF.
Willie Taggart's debut with Florida Atlantic now will come against his former team, USF, next weekend.
Willie Taggart's debut with Florida Atlantic now will come against his former team, USF, next weekend. [ JC RIDLEY | ]
Published Sept. 18, 2020|Updated Sept. 18, 2020

Willie Taggart’s Florida Atlantic debut will have to wait at least another week after the Owls' season opener at Georgia Southern was postponed Friday because of a coronavirus outbreak.

“Following results of Thursday’s COVID-19 testing, it was determined the Owls would be unable to play Saturday,” the school said in a statement.

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Florida Atlantic is the first state school to have to postpone or call off a game because of positive tests. Other games have previously been canceled after conferences changed their policies to try to salvage a season during the coronavirus pandemic.

The news comes three days after the Owls had to call off practice because of multiple positive tests.

The postponement of this weekend’s game means that Taggart’s first game at his new school could come next week against one of his former schools, USF. The Owls are scheduled to host USF at 6 p.m., but that, of course, is subject to change during the pandemic.

Florida Atlantic said it’s trying to find a new date to play Georgia Southern.

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