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Indiana University pauses football activities due to rise in COVID-19 cases

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Posted at 7:17 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 19:17:20-05

BLOOMINGTON — Indiana University on Tuesday paused all team-related activities for the football team due to an increase in COVID-19 cases within the program.

The university said no decision has been made regarding Saturday's game against in-state rival Purdue University.

Purdue's football team canceled practice on Tuesday to evaluate the results of recent COVID-19 testing, according to a statement from Purdue.

The Hoosiers did not practice on Tuesday morning and all players and Tier I coaches and staff underwent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. The decision to pause was made by the IU Athletics Medical Advisory Group.

"The health and safety of our students, coaches and staff is paramount," Scott Dolson, IU vice president and athletic director, said. "In consultation with our medical experts, we decided this is the appropriate decision at this time. We will continue to assess the situation moving forward."