NORMAN, Okla. — With the date of their season opener up in the air, Oklahoma has paused preseason camp.
Sooners coach Lincoln Riley announced the move Saturday night.
Players have been allowed to go home for the week before returning Friday.
“We decided it’s best to give our players some time off,” Riley said in a release. “We were able to start camp before the vast majority of teams because our Aug. 29 season-opening game was the earliest in the country. With that first game pushed back a week or two, it only makes sense to spread out our practices and give our guys some time away.”
The Sooners opened practice July 31.
The Sooners went through two rounds of testing for COVID-19 during the week, with one positive result in the 205 players tested. The unnamed player who tested positive is under quarantine.
It’s OU football’s first positive test since July 1, when seven players tested positive for COVID-19 and seven other had active cases that were known before players were tested upon their return to campus for offseason workouts.
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The Sooners have tested weekly since then, with no positive tests among football players or staffers until this week’s rounds of testing.
OU is currently scheduled to open against Missouri State on Aug. 29, though the date of that game — if it’s played — will change.
The game was recently moved up a week to allow a buffer between the opener and the scheduled Sept. 12 game against Tennessee.
But that game and the Sept. 26 contest against Army have both been canceled so the opener is likely to be pushed back at least a week, though Sept. 12 is emerging as the likely date.
The Missouri Valley Football Conference, of which Missouri State is a part, announced Friday it had pushed its conference football season to the spring. Non-conference games can still be played in the fall, though, keeping alive the chance for the Sooners to open the season against the Bears.
That decision will make it easier for OU and Missouri State to play later in September. Missouri State was scheduled to play Montana on Sept. 12.
Saturday, the Mid-American Conference became the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to vote not to play football this fall.
“We’re also mindful of all the conversations across the country with regard to the 2020 season,” Riley said in the release. “The added benefit of temporarily breaking from training camp is that it gives us a few more days to monitor those talks.”