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Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss hung with Alabama last week, and are scheduled to play at Arkansas this Saturday afternoon. However, that game might be in limbo now that Kiffin has revealed that an unspecified number of players on the team have tested positive for Covid-19.
“We’ve got a number of guys out,” Kiffin told reporters today, as transcribed by 247. “I’m not going to get into numbers. We have not had that in-season. We had that during camp. This is the first time dealing with it in season. It’s very difficult moving people around…and we’re beat up, too, from a very intense game versus a great team Saturday (Alabama) … We are not in a great situation, numbers-wise, at all.”
Some of the players are out due to positive tests while others are due to contact tracing.
As to whether Ole Miss will be able to play Arkansas this week: “We could play today,” Kiffin said, “so we’ll see.”
The SEC has recommended that teams suit up at least 53 scholarship players in order to play.
This week in the SEC, Vanderbilt-Missouri is already postponed and LSU-Florida is expected to be postponed due to Covid-19. The SEC has two bye weeks per team built into the schedule for these circumstances, a solid contingency plan for the postponements that have started to pile up.