Ohio State took its first step back toward resuming its schedule this weekend against Michigan State.
The program announced on Tuesday that it will resume organized team activities later in the day, lifting its three-day pause due to an increase in coronavirus cases within the team.
Ohio State’s game this past weekend against Illinois was canceled due to multiple positive cases, including head coach Ryan Day. The team continued testing following the cancellation of the game and would not be able to return to team activities until its positive test rate saw a decrease.
Gene Smith, the Director of Athletics at Ohio State, said on Saturday they were going take things “day-by-day” and Tuesday’s news is certainly optimistic.
The team will continue to follow Big Ten COVID-19 protocols and test daily for the virus. If there is another spike in positives between now and Saturday, things could get dicey again for the Buckeyes.
Any player who tests positive must sit out competition a minimum of 21 days, meaning anyone who tested positive last week would not be eligible for Saturday’s game against Michigan State.
Day will also miss Saturday’s game if it happens. Coaches are required to isolate a minimum of 10 days, which would not allow Day back on the sidelines until Monday the earliest.