COLUMBUS — Ohio State is once again dealing with a rise in positive tests.
In the heart of winter workouts with the program ramping up for the start of spring camp next week, the Buckeyes are instead now having to hit the pause button once again on all team-related activities after COVID-19 issues popped up yet again in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
The school confirmed the move on Tuesday morning, announcing a one-week halt out of an abundance of caution after a joint decision by athletic director Gene Smith and team physician Dr. Jim Borchers.
“Our decisions on the welfare of our student-athletes, staff members and those coming to our campus, and our determination as to when we will reopen and resume activities, will continue to be guided by our medical staff,” Smith said in a school statement. “We have been successful in safely hosting nearly 100 athletic events on campus this year with limited disruptions, but this pandemic is not over.
“We will continue to stress the safety measures of wearing masks, consistent and thorough hand washing and physical distancing and we will remain vigilant in those areas.”
The Buckeyes are still expected to start practice on March 19 and are targeting late April for a spring game, though flexibility remains critical for the program — just as it has since it faced issues getting through last season after positive tests emerged in November and stayed all the way through the national title game.
This is a developing story, and Lettermen Row will provide updates on the latest with Ohio State and its latest program pause as more information becomes available.