NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The Rutgers football team has paused all in-person team activities and quarantined the entire program after reporting six additional positive COVID-19 cases in its latest weekly testing cycle.
The team had experienced four positive tests for COVID-19 since returning to campus on June 15, according to a statement from a spokesman in the university's athletics department.
According to the statement, the team "will work diligently with Rutgers medical experts, and state and local officials to determine next steps."
Not being able to practice is the latest setback for coach Greg Schiano's program and for the 14-member Big Ten as it tries to push forward in the midst of a pandemic.
Big Ten football officials announced they were going to an in-conference only schedule to cut down on the number of games and the length of travel.
Big Ten rival Michigan State announced Friday that its entire football team will quarantine for 14 days after a second staff member and one athlete tested positive for COVID-19. The team halted workout on Wednesday.
North Carolina, Ohio State, Kansas, Kansas State and other major conference football programs have also had to halt workouts at various points because of COVID-19 outbreaks. The most notable case so far came at Clemson, where 43 football players at the South Carolina school have tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier this month, Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway said it the school was going to use remote instruction for the vast majority of its fall classes, citing the difficulties of maintaining social distancing in dorm settings and the danger to university professors.