Wisconsin Badgers football game canceled due to increase in COVID-19 cases

The Wisconsin Badgers football game on Saturday has been canceled. The Wisconsin Badgers football game on Saturday has been canceled. | 

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: October 28, 2020 11:09 AM

The Wisconsin Badgers football game against Nebraska for Saturday has been canceled due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the Badgers program. 

All team related activities will be canceled for at least seven days as a result. The game will not be rescheduled.

As of Wednesday Oct. 28, a total of 12 people within the Wisconsin football program tested positive for COVID-19 in the past five days. It includes six student-athletes and six staff members, including head coach Paul Chryst. Additional test results are pending.

The decision to pause football activities and cancel the game was made by the Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez and UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, in consultation with the Big Ten Conference.

"We have said from the beginning that the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff members comes first," said Alvarez.

"I am disappointed for our players and coaching staff who put so much into preparing to play each week. But the safety of everyone in our program has to be our top priority and I support the decision made to pause our team activities," said Chryst.

Wisconsin's next scheduled game is at home against Purdue on Nov. 7


Alejandra Palacios

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