Maryland football cancels Michigan State game over COVID-19 concerns


Maryland football is cancelling a game for the second straight week due to COVID-19 concerns.

The Terrapins' upcoming home game against Michigan State — scheduled for this Saturday — has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled, Maryland Athletics announced on Thursday.

Maryland head coach Mike Locksley tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, as have 15 Maryland student-athletes over the past seven days, the school says.

"I am gutted for our team and for our fans," said Locksley. "This team is eager to play and compete and continue the growth we've seen this season. This virus is testing our players and coaches right now, but I have no doubt that we will emerge as a stronger unit for having gone through this together. As for me personally, I am feeling strong, with only minor symptoms. I will continue to lead this program virtually and our game preparations for Indiana will begin immediately."

The 2-1 Terps also had their previously scheduled game against Ohio State cancelled last Saturday. They have not played since their 35-19 upset victory over Penn State on the road on Saturday, Nov. 7.

All Maryland student-athletes and football staff are undergoing daily antigen testing in accordance with Big Ten protocols.

"Beginning November 12, Maryland Athletics also conducted additional daily PCR testing," reads a Maryland Athletics press release. "Over the past seven days, 15 student-athletes have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in a Big Ten test positivity rate of 2.8%. There were seven positive cases among staff over that same time period, resulting in a population positivity rate of 14.9%. All positive individuals are now in designated isolation spaces, per health protocols."

Maryland is scheduled to play Indiana next on Saturday, Nov. 28. That game is on the road.