Michigan football on pause due to COVID-19 concerns

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By 97.1 The Ticket

With two games remaining in the 2020 season, Michigan football paused team activities Monday due to "presumptive positive" COVID-19 tests.

The Wolverines will proceed virtually with preparations for Saturday's game against Maryland, which for now remains on the schedule.

"Today, out of an abundance of caution, Michigan football is going to hold everything virtually," Jim Harbaugh said in his weekly press conference Monday. "We had an increased number of presumptive positives that are awaiting confirmation."

Harbaugh declined to specify the exact number of presumptive positives or the extent of the increase, other than to say, "It was an increased number from zero."

"We're going to follow all protocols and are awaiting the results of the confirmatory tests," he said.

Several Big Ten teams have been forced to suspend activities this season due to COVID-19, most recently Ohio State. The Buckeyes' game against Illinois was cancelled over the weekend after head coach Ryan Day and other team members tested positive.

This is the first interruption for Michigan. The Wolverines are scheduled to take on the Buckeyes in the season finale Dec. 12 -- a game that will likely be necessary for Ohio State in order to be eligible for the Big Ten championship game.