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Wisconsin-Nebraska Canceled, Dan Patrick Drops Potential Bombshell

The University of Wisconsin has announced that the game against Nebraska this Saturday has been canceled and that the team will now pause football operations for seven days. This comes after the news that quarterback Graham Mertz tested positive for COVID-19. According to Bruce Feldman, several other program members have also tested positive, including head coach Paul Chryst:

Given that the Big Ten mandates that those who test positive must absent themselves from football operations for 21 days, which is twice as long as the CDC recommends, it’s not a stretch to say that Wisconsin’s entire football season is in jeopardy. After Nebraska, they are slated to play Purdue and Michigan. We shall see.

Meanwhile, Dan Patrick dropped this potential bombshell on his FOX Sports Radio show this morning:

Dan Patrick has been pretty plugged into the Big Ten over the last several months. This is a pretty explosive story, and I am very interested to see more specifics in follow-up reporting. If Mertz indeed had symptoms before the Illinois game, this story is going to spiral.

 

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Hey Ryan,
    So when guys had “the flu” last season and prolly felt like crap, but kept practicing and grinding, that was a testament to their desire to win.
    This year, they test positive for a virus that has already mutated and weakened, may have no symptoms, and doesn’t affect their work at all…so close down the whole program for 21 days.
    Yep…that’s the plan…locked up tight.

    • Are we seeing the next sequel of Dumb And Dumber. As Rick said everyone knows by now if you’re young the regular flu is more dangerous. Trump (who’s 74) got Covid and now he’s acting like someone half his age. So The10 puts in 21 day mandate. Give me a f–king break.

  2. Not surprised this is happening. The Little 10 botched this from the beginning. Same thing will happen to the Pac 12. The SEC, ACC and Big 12 all had extra off weeks built into the schedule to account for cancelling games due to COVID. The Little 10 and Pac 12 can’t do that because their seasons are starting too late. All just to hurt Trump and his re-election chances. Lame.

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