Thursday, August 20, 2020

KU football dealt with 40 positive COVID tests since players returned in June

Miles: No players currently isolated for quarantine

Kansas football head coach Les Miles wears a mask while walking around during an early August practice in the team's indoor facility.

Kansas football head coach Les Miles wears a mask while walking around during an early August practice in the team's indoor facility.


Though Kansas football coach Les Miles reported Thursday during his first virtual press conference of the preseason that nobody in the program is currently suffering from a COVID-19 infection, the Jayhawks spent much of the past couple of months dealing with the virus.

Miles revealed that since testing began on June 8, 117 people with KU football have gone through virus testing and 40 of those tests registered a positive result. Per Dan Beckler, associate athletic director for public relations, that doesn’t mean 40 people had positive tests. Rather there were 40 positive results in the 600-plus tests that have been given to KU’s 117 players and staff members. Essentially, the 40 includes multiple positive tests from certain individuals.

As of Thursday afternoon, Miles said there are no players in quarantine or isolation due to the virus.

“Everybody is up for practice and everybody is up for what would be a game if we were to play soon,” Miles added.

Miles’ update during a video conference with reporters was the first provided by KU’s athletics department since July 28, when it reported zero positives out of 156 tests across various programs.

In early July, KU football suspended voluntary summer workouts when it reported 12 players tested positive for COVID-19.

According to Miles, KU football is now testing for the virus three times a week. And unlike earlier this summer, the process doesn’t involve a stick that “goes down your nose.” He said now the tests are taken through saliva samples.

“We’re making progress there,” Miles said. “People don’t look negatively toward that testing routine.”

KU senior offensive lineman Chris Hughes attested the old procedure wasn’t popular.

“That’s the longest 10 seconds of your life,” Hughes joked.

The O-lineman from Harker Heights, Texas said the saliva test is relatively new for KU football and a welcome change.

KU’s head coach didn’t provide the exact details of what types of team rules and policies players have to follow to prevent more virus cases. Miles said the increased number of tests each week helps coaches know “how and what they’re doing.”

“And we need them to stay clear of what are parties, what are the new young people that are coming onto our campus to go to school,” Miles said. “We need to make sure that interaction is nonexistent. If we can do that we will save ourselves a number of positive tests.”

Junior KU quarterback Miles Kendrick said he thinks players are taking the pandemic protocols seriously, down to wearing masks, washing their hands and maintaining social distance.

“That’s a challenge in a team environment,” Kendrick admitted of keeping everyone their proper space, “especially when you have guys that are close friends and been playing with each other for a couple years. I think it’s been a learning experience for everybody.”

Along those lines, junior running back Pooka Williams said players need to hold each other accountable.

“Everything with the COVID is very challenging,” Williams said.

As an example, Williams shared that during practices when players are feeling tired and they’re standing near each other on the sidelines, their instinct is to not have their masks up. He said players have to make sure they follow the rules, though, and check to verify their nearby teammates are doing the same.


Dirk Medema 2 months, 1 week ago

Besides the psychological suffering of isolation and not being able to practice normally, has there been any discussion of what physical suffering the 40 people have endured? Obviously, there are people that have been in the hospital and even died, which is significant and makes for dramatic reporting, but it seems the most common physical manifestation is somewhere between a headache and nothing. It sounds like it is the latter in this case though appropriately with an eye to preventing the former.

Brett McCabe 2 months, 1 week ago

It’s not forty people. Try reading.

And I’m pretty sure the people that died didn’t do it for dramatic purposes.

The bottom line for Dirk and the Dimwits is this, this could have all been easily prevented. Puffing smoke around the epic incompetence and mishandling of a really simple problem won’t change the reality when the smoke clears.

What is most laughable and condemning is that this was a waist high, middle of the plate, 70 mph fastball, with a catcher tipping you to the pitch and an Astro banging the garbage can. Only a fake tv star, failed businessman and dumbest person in every room he has entered could have whiffed on this. Hell, W could have at least gotten a triple and any guy who hadn’t gone awol from the reserves or chickened out of service completely would have cleared the bleachers and emptied the bases. It literally could not have been easier to be a hero. Instead........

Len Shaffer 2 months, 1 week ago

The other problem, Dirk, as I posted elsewhere, is that we don't KNOW what the longterm damage will be because the virus hasn't been around long enough. We DO know that, according to The WHO, 20% of the people who get the virus will have some type of permanent organ damage. So although the most common manifestation MAY be between a headache or nothing (but of course we really don't even know that because far more problems could come in down the line), we are basically playing Russian roulette for something as insignificant as sports. And yes, as much as we may bitch and moan here on a regular basis, sports ARE insignificant.

Steven Haag 2 months, 1 week ago

This is laughable. 1. Our President shut down all flights with China on 31 Jan. The dimwit Dem’s came out swinging on 02 Feb accusing the President of “fear mongering”. More Dems came out later in Feb and said, “get out and mingle”. Good ol New York Mayor deBlasio told people of New York on 31 March to hit the cinemas. Then on 92 April the Dems wanted to investigate our President for not acting quickly enough😂😂😂😂😂😂. Laughable. 2. We left the WHO for a reason. 3. The CDC has come out and stated wearing masks could be dangerous and counter productive. Hmmmmm. Imagine that 4. People are being admitted to hospitals with lung problems. The reason? Inhaling what they have exhaled over and over and over. 5. New studies show that drinking tap water may have long term effects. We don’t know for sure what they are, but they could be devastating....long term. Everybody needs to stop drinking tap water NOW, because there might be long term effects. 6. Finally, it truly amazes me that some people who are actually breathing oxygen can walk and talk at the same time......they just can’t think

Steven Haag 2 months, 1 week ago

That should be 02 April, not 92. It just felt as though April 2020 was 92 days long😂😂😂😂

Robert Brock 2 months, 1 week ago

Yo, Steven Haag: take your diatribe to the QAnon Board. This is a sports site. Thanks.

Bville Hawk 2 months ago

Steven was merely pointing out the inaccuracy and stupidity of the comments made by Brett above.

Brian Mellor 2 months ago

By taking it the opposite direction and doubling down on it?

I have nothing good to say about Brett, but there are considerably more inaccurate or misinformed statements in the followup.

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