Ohio State will not play its fourth game of the season against Maryland this Saturday as previously scheduled, as the Terrapins announced moments ago that is is “pausing all team-related activities due to an elevated number of COVID-19 cases within the program.” That includes the Nov. 14 matchup with the Buckeyes, which is now canceled and will not be rescheduled.
“There is nothing more important than the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff,” athletic director Damon Evans said in a statement. “We realize that this news is disappointing to all of the Maryland fans out there who were looking forward to the Terps taking on an outstanding Ohio State team, but the responsible thing for us to do is pause football activities, given the number of positive cases currently in our program.”
“We’re obviously extremely disappointed that we’ll be unable to host Ohio State this Saturday,” said head coach Mike Locksley. “It was an opportunity that our team was preparing for and excited about. However, we have and always will keep our players, coaches and staffs safety at the forefront of our decision making process. We’ll continue to operate as much as we can virtually as we monitor the situation in hopes of returning to play when it’s deemed safe.”
According to a Maryland release, eight members of the football team have tested positive over the past seven days. Ohio State has yet to have a positive test.