Lamont reluctant to let UConn football travel to virus hotspots this fall

Published on Friday, 17 July 2020 11:48
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HARTFORD - Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said Thursday he would be reluctant to allow UConn’s football team to travel to any state with a high coronavirus infection rate this fall.

UConn, which is scheduled to play its first season as an independent after leaving the American Athletic Conference, has road games scheduled at Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and San Jose State.

Lamont said that should the team travel and infection rates remain high in any of the states where it plays, the Huskies would be subject to Connecticut’s 14-day quarantine rule upon their return to Storrs.

“My feeling is that if you go to a highly infected state that is still part of our quarantine, that would be the requirement,” Lamont said. “Sometimes these teams live within their own bubbles, that’s a form of self-quarantining. But I’d be reluctant (to allow them to travel).”

People coming to Connecticut from 22 states currently are required to quarantine for 14 days upon entering the state.

The rule applies to any person arriving from a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positive rate over a seven-day rolling average.

The Huskies returned to campus on July 1 and so far, no players or coaches have tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Gov. Lamont has done a tremendous job leading our state through this difficult time,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “We will continue to consult with his team and follow the guidance of state and public health officials to find the best path forward.”

UConn already has lost scheduled games against Illinois and Indiana after the Big Ten announced earlier this month that it plans to play only conference games this season.

Big East Conference member schools will not play any non-conference opponents during fall athletic season, the league announced Thursday.

The sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, cross country and field hockey.

The league’s decision has no impact on the 2020 UConn football schedule, since the school is an independent in football. UConn is continuing to evaluate potential scenarios for the 2020 season.

The Big East is still formulating plans on how the conference seasons and championships will play out.

“In the coming weeks, the Big East will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in Big East communities and will provide further updates on dates and formats as appropriate,” the league said in a statement.

Posted in New Britain Herald, UConn on Friday, 17 July 2020 11:48. Updated: Friday, 17 July 2020 11:50.