The University of Wisconsin paused its football activities on Wednesday because of an increased number of COVID-19 cases within the program.
Officials announced the program will stop activities for at least seven days, including canceling the Saturday game against Nebraska, which will not be rescheduled.
As of Wednesday morning, 12 people in the program tested positive, including six student athletes and six staff, while additional tests are pending. Head coach Paul Chryst was one of the staff members who tested positive.
The university’s director of athletics, Barry Alvarez, and Chancellor Rebecca Blank decided to pause activities and cancel the game after consulting the Big Ten Conference.
“This morning I received the news that I had tested positive via a PCR test I took yesterday,” Chryst said. “I informed my staff and the team this morning and am currently isolating at home. I had not been experiencing any symptoms and feel