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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
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The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.
The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University

The Vanderbilt Hustler

The official student newspaper of Vanderbilt University.

BREAKING: Multiple Vanderbilt football players test positive for COVID-19

Multiple Vanderbilt football players have tested positive for COVID-19, Vanderbilt athletics confirmed Thursday.
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Vanderbilt prepares for a home matchup with Northern Illinois in 2019.

Last updated August 21 at 12:05 p.m. CT to include information on Friday’s press conference postponement.

Multiple Vanderbilt football players tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Vanderbilt athletics confirmed to The Hustler. The number of positive COVID-19 tests among football players is still unknown.

Chris Lee of VandySports.com first reported that there were positive tests and that Friday morning’s practice had been canceled. Vanderbilt has not yet confirmed the cancelation.

A Vanderbilt spokesperson provided the following statement to The Hustler:

“As part of our ongoing testing procedures, we have been made aware of positive COVID-19 test results in our football program. We are following the university’s protocols and we are working closely with our Public Health Command Center and other health officials who are assessing potential close contacts and advising on additional steps. Because of applicable federal student privacy law, we are unable to publicly disclose personally identifiable information about any student who has tested positive for COVID-19.”

Coach Derek Mason and first-year defensive coordinator Ted Roof were previously scheduled to address the media at 12:30 p.m. CT. Vanderbilt athletics sent an email to credentialed media at 11:41 a.m. CT stating that the press conference had been postponed.

The Hustler will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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Simon Gibbs, Former Sports Editor
Simon Gibbs (‘21) is the former Sports Editor for The Vanderbilt Hustler. He has been on staff since the first semester of his freshman year, previously serving as a Staff Writer, Senior Writer and Deputy Sports Editor. Simon is also the host of VU Sports Wired on Vanderbilt Video Productions and The Hustler Sports 30 on VandyRadio. Simon has attended several events as credentialed media, including the 2019 NFL Draft, 2019 College Baseball World Series and the 2019 SEC Tournament. Outside of his Commodore coverage, Simon has had bylines published on NHL.com and NashvillePredators.com. When he's not writing, you can find Simon watching his hometown New York Mets, waiting for that next ring. For tips, comments or concerns, please reach out to: [email protected]    
Emily Gonçalves, Former Multimedia Director
Emily Gonçalves (‘20) was the Multimedia Director of the Vanderbilt Hustler. She majored in Mathematics and Economics and minored in Latin American Studies. When she’s not taking photos, you can catch this Jersey girl making puns, singing, advocating for girls’ education and drinking lots of chocolate milk and espresso!
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