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Ohio State-Illinois off after more positive tests

No. 4 Ohio State on Friday night canceled Saturday’s game at Illinois, citing more positive tests for COVID-19 in the Buckeyes’ program.

In addition, Ohio State paused all team-related football activities.

Earlier Friday, it was announced that coach Ryan Day had tested positive and would not accompany the team to Illinois. The school said in a statement it was conducting PCR tests on Friday afternoon “out of an abundance of caution to ensure that everyone on the trip is confirmed negative for the coronavirus.”

However, those tests returned additional positive results.

“We have continued to experience an increase in positive tests over the course of this week,” athletic director Gene Smith said. “The health, safety and well-being of our student-athlete is our main concern, and our decisions on their welfare will continue to be guided by our medical staff.”

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