BOSTON- Tar Heels on the gridiron took another step back with the latest pandemic bulletin.
The school suspended the football program’s voluntary workout program after 37 of 429 players and staffers tested positive for COVID-19.
This news comes less than four weeks since North Carolina football players began returning to campus.
UNC released a statement in regard to this latest incident.
UNC was scheduled to begin mandatory workouts on Sunday, July 12 for a 14-day window prior to the start of training camp.
This is not uncommon for the state. North Carolina reported close to 1000 hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
In addition, conference rival Clemson had 28 players test positive before and during their program in June.
Earlier, Ohio State announced that they paused all voluntary workouts on campus following the results of its most recent COVID-19 testing. This includes football and other sports.
The total number of coronavirus cases has now topped 3 million nationwide with the death toll surpassing 128,000.
With schools across the country suspending athletic competition or removing sports due to lack of funding, a reality has set in.
The likelihood of having football or any form of sports in the fall is close to none.
Earlier today, the Ivy League placed all sports on hold Wednesday until at least January. The league is the first Division I conference that will not play football as scheduled in the fall.
Additionally, colleges at the lower levels of the N.C.A.A. have already begun to cancel fall sports. This is roughly more than 1,000 schools.
UNC football will return at some point, but the pandemic has ensured that Carolina Blue will be staying the locker room of quarantine for a while longer.