Maryland football cancels game against Michigan State after at least 21 new COVID-19 cases

Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley during the Terps' 27-24 loss to Rutgers on Dec. 12, 2020. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

Saturday’s Maryland football game against Michigan State has been canceled and all team activities have halted due to the program’s second COVID-19 outbreak in a month, according to a release.

The Terps reported 15 positive tests from athletes between Dec. 10-16. Six staff members also tested positive over that same time period, resulting in a population positivity rate of 12.4 percent. And Thursday morning, the school recorded three more presumptive positives — though the results of confirmatory PCR tests are pending.

This was the first time the athletic department had released testing data in nearly a month. Since the department began releasing testing data in late June, there have been 154 positive results.

It is the second time Maryland has suffered an outbreak during the season. In mid-November, the Terps canceled contests against Ohio State and Michigan State due to at least 30 positive cases in the program. When the Terps next took the field, against Indiana on Nov. 28, they did so with a depleted roster.

Saturday’s cancellation is the third this week in the Big Ten and fourth overall for Maryland this season. The Terps have played the fewest games in the conference, and the latest outbreak likely means their season is over.

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