The beginnings of college football seasons remain at around six months, but COVID-19 nonetheless continues to present obstacles for programs during the preparations for the offseason.

Tuesday the Duke Blue Devils confirmed that they have interrupted the activities of the team in person indefinitely due to a COVID-19 cluster which included 10 positive coronavirus cases and forced others into quarantine after contact tracing.

“As vaccinations continue, Duke Health officials warn positive rates could rise without continued adherence to preventive measures, including wearing masks, staying six feet from others and washing hands regularly,” he said. added the university.

Teams are allowed a total of 15 spring practices under NCAA regulations, but NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee chairman and West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons said Andrea Adelson of ESPN that the governing body will review and modify the timetables and practical guidelines “on a case-by-case basis”.

Earlier today, the Ohio State Buckeyes suspended all football activities due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases.

“What if you run into a situation with your coaching staff, your student athletes, and you have to put it on hiatus for several days?” Lyons explained. “We didn’t want to start creating a blanket waiver and all that, so we just said we were going to handle this through the NCAA staff on a case-by-case basis to make those days come back so everyone stays in. as you go along. . “

Some varsity teams, like the Alabama Crimson Tide, are planning full stadiums in September despite lingering concerns over the coronavirus.