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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes pause team activity, Illibuck game cancelled

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Ohio State will not travel to Illinois this weekend. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes pause team activity, Illibuck game cancelled

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Buckeyes pause team activity, Illibuck game canceled

Ohio State won’t travel to Illinois for the game scheduled for Saturday at noon. And the Buckeyes won’t be able to take the practice field Saturday, either.

The football program had to cancel the road trip to Illinois after the latest round of PCR tests revealed positive COVID-19 tests within the program, which put the Buckeyes over the threshold of positive cases set by the Big Ten before the season started.

Ohio State has also paused all team-related activity for the time being.

“We have continued to experience an increase in positive tests over the course of this week,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement released by the university Friday night. “The health, safety and well-being of our student-athlete is our main concern, and our decisions on their welfare will continue to be guided by our medical staff.”

The program will resume football activity when the medical personnel deems it safe to do so. But for now, the football team is on the shelf, and that starts Saturday with a cancelled Big Ten game.

This is a developing story, and Lettermen Row will continue to provide updates as they become available.


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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.