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COVID Forces UConn Football to Cancel Spring Practice

COVID Forces UConn Football to Cancel Spring Practice
Connecticut quarterback Jack Zergiotis throws a pass against Temple in the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on Nov. 30, 2019 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 March 2021 10:01 AM

UConn's football program has shut down its spring practices after Tier 1 staffers tested positive for the coronavirus. 

UConn confirmed the news Monday, explaining that it would now be undergoing contact tracing protocols, according to The Connecticut Post. The Huskies were scheduled to have 15 practices this month, but managed 12 before putting things on hold. The remaining days will not be rescheduled and will be made up later. 

The Huskies are set to open the 2021 season at Fresno State on Aug. 28. 

Last year the Huskies became one of the first teams to cancel their 2020 spring session before other sports across the country were shut down due to the pandemic. 

"The necessary measures needed to mitigate risk of football student-athletes contracting the coronavirus are not conducive to delivering an optimal experience for our team," Director of Athletics David Benedict said at the time. "Ultimately, the student-athletes would rather preserve their year of eligibility with an eye to competing under more typical circumstances during the 2021 season." 

Head coach Randy Edsall added that the program would use the time off to "further player development within the program and gear ourselves to the 2021 season."

Weeks later, the team was hit with another setback when several student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19, forcing UConn to halt team strength and conditioning activities. 

"The well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority and we are focused on the health of those who have become infected," Benedict said. 

Despite those blows, this has been a hopeful year for UConn, which extended its contract with Edsall through to December 31, 2023, in hopes of reviving the program.

"When I hired Randy, he and I knew that rebuilding our football program was a long-term project that would require a great deal of patience," Benedict said. "My confidence in his ability to revive UConn football remains strong, and I look forward to watching a committed group of young men compete on the gridiron this fall."   

Edsall expressed determination to rebuild the program at UConn.

"We are looking to reap the benefits of the hard work that our players and coaches have put forth as we head into the 2021 season," he said. 

UConn further announced agreements to compete in a home-and-home series with Liberty in 2022 and 2025, with Sacred Heart in 2023, and against Ole Miss in 2027 and 2028.

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