As expected, NC State football has officially moved the date for its matchup with Virginia Tech: from Sept. 12 to Sept. 26.
After the identification of a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases in NC State’s athletics department, the university temporarily suspended all athletics-relative activities on Monday, Aug. 24.
One day later, reports surfaced that the football program was included in the mix of 22 new positive COVID-19 cases.
According to the ACC’s contact tracing guidelines, any player that’s come in contact with someone who has tested positive for the coronavirus will need to be quarantined for a minimum of 14 days. With the NC State-Virginia Tech game less than three weeks away, it would create a serious challenge for the Wolfpack to be ready to play.
Sources: NC State’s opening game at Virginia Tech schedule for Sept. 12 has officially been moved. The teams will play on Sept. 26. Decision comes in the wake of NC State athletics taking a pause because of 22 new positive COVID cases in the atheltic department.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 26, 2020
Fortunately (I guess), NC State and Virginia both had an open week on Sept. 26. Now, NC State will open the 2020 season Sept. 19 against Wake Forest, and then play Virginia Tech the following week.
For Virginia Tech, the Hokies will open their season against Virginia Sept. 19 and play NC State seven days later.