Four Mississippi State football players test positive for COVID-19


Mississippi State Athletic Director John Cohen

Mississippi State Athletic Director John Cohen Photo by: Mississippi State Athletics


Ben Portnoy



STARKVILLE -- Four Mississippi State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 according to a university spokesperson.


Paul Jones of 247Sports first reported the news.


Per MSU policy, those players that tested positive will be quarantined for 14 days -- a period that began the day they tested positive. Those involved will be able to return to workouts once the 14-day period has passed.



The MSU football team began voluntary in-person workouts on Monday as coach Mike Leach and his staff begin their first season at the helm in Starkville.


According to the report from 247Sports, the players that tested positive were asymptomatic.


MSU Athletic Director John Cohen previously disclosed to The Dispatch that Senior Associate Athletic Director of Sports Medicine & Performance Mary McClendon has overseen the development of a plan for what would happen should a student-athlete test positive for the coronavirus at some point in time.


"A great deal of research has been put into it, and obviously we feel like Mary has a great plan in place if that happens," he said. "And statistically speaking, it probably will happen at some point. We don't want it to happen. We hope it doesn't happen. But statistically, it probably does happen at some point."


MSU is scheduled to begin its season Sept. 5 at home against New Mexico.




Ben Portnoy reports on Mississippi State sports for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter at @bportnoy15.


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