Just three days after No. 25 Louisiana's game against Central Arkansas was canceled — with 33 players out after positive coronavirus tests and contact tracing — the team announced on Twitter Saturday that coach Billy Napier had tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the statement, Napier began to exhibit symptoms Tuesday evening before self-isolating. When Napier's symptoms persisted, he took a PCR test Friday and received a positive result Saturday.
Pending a successful recovery, Napier and the Ragin' Cajuns are expected to travel separately to Monroe, Louisiana, for a Nov. 28 game against Louisiana Monroe.
Louisiana (7-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) had already endured coronavirus issues before this week's outbreak. Seven starters missed the Ragin' Cajuns' victory over Georgia Southern in September. Two players missed last week's win over South Alabama for COVID-related reasons. Their game against Appalachian State was postponed to Dec. 4.
UL coach Billy Napier tested positive for COVID-19. (Photo: SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network)
Earlier Saturday, one of the biggest ACC college football games of the season was postponed between No. 4 Clemson and Florida State in Tallahassee. The teams' medical personnel could not mutually agree on moving forward with the game, the ACC said in a statement.
This is the third ACC game that has been postponed this weekend. Wake Forest's matchup against Duke was originally postponed but the league announced Saturday it would be not be played. Georgia Tech's football game at Miami, originally scheduled to be played Saturday, was rescheduled tentatively for Dec. 19.
Nearly 20 games have been postponed or canceled this week.
Week 12 games affected by COVID-19
Ohio at Miami (Ohio), scheduled for Nov. 17 — Canceled.
Utah State at Wyoming, scheduled for Nov. 19 — Canceled.
Alabama Birmingham at Texas-El Paso, scheduled for Nov. 20 — Canceled.
Arizona State at Colorado, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Canceled.
No. 18 Coastal Carolina at Troy, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Postponed until Dec. 12.
Louisiana Tech vs. Louisiana-Monroe, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Canceled.
Georgia Tech at No. 9 Miami, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Postponed until Dec. 19.
Mississippi at No. 6 Texas A&M, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Postponed. No makeup date set.
Michigan State at Maryland, scheduled for Nov. 21 – Canceled. Declared no contest.
Houston at Southern Methodist, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Postponed. No make-up date set.
Navy at South Florida, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Postponed. No make-up date set.
Central Arkansas at No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Canceled.
Charlotte at No. 15 Marshall, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Postponed. No make-up date set.
No. 23 Texas at Kansas, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Postponed until Dec. 12.
UNLV at Colorado State, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Postponed. No make-up date set.
San Jose State at Fresno State, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Canceled. Declared no contest.
Wake Forest at Duke, scheduled for Nov. 21 — "Will not be played," per ACC.
Washington State at Stanford, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Canceled. Declared no contest.
Clemson at Florida State, scheduled for Nov. 21 — Postponed to Dec. 1.
Contributing: Chris Bumbaca
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