Northwestern is still “batting a thousand,” Pat Fitzgerald said after the Wildcats’ only positive COVID-19 test came back as negative after a second test.
Last Sunday, the Wildcats became the sixth Big Ten team to halt summer workouts after one player tested positive, which also sent 37 players into quarantine. The move was “made out of an abundance of caution,” the school said in a press release on Monday. Two days later, after more tests were administered to all players, they learned no one tested positive and the one initial positive was inaccurate.
“I think it showed us that our plan and our execution of our plan has been flawless,” Fitzgerald said of the university’s reaction to the false positive. “Really proud of our guys with the choices they’re making. It’s not a four-hour problem that they’re in the building; it’s the other 20 hours that I think is a challenge for every college football player and every college student.”
Fitzgerald also said the team could’ve resumed workouts on Thursday but waited until Friday, the first official day of training camp, which is 36 before Northwestern is scheduled to visit Penn State in the season opener on Saturday, Sept. 5.