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Michigan State Spartans football game at Maryland canceled due to Terrapins' coronavirus cases

By DAVID GINSBURG

AP Sports Writer

The Big Ten game Saturday between Maryland and Michigan State has been canceled after a COVID-19 outbreak on the Terrapins resulted in a positive test for coach Michael Locksley.

It’s the second straight cancellation for Maryland, which was scheduled to face Ohio State last week before several of its contracted the coronavirus. Maryland (2-1) has not played since beating Penn State on Nov. 7.

Locksley tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

“I am gutted for our team and for our fans,” Locksley said in a statement. “This team is eager to play and compete and continue the growth we’ve seen this season. This virus is testing our players and coaches right now, but I have no doubt that we will emerge as a stronger unit for having gone through this together.”

In the past seven days, 15 Maryland players have tested positive. There were seven positive cases among staff in that time period.

Also, No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette canceled its Saturday game against Central Arkansas because of positive COVID-19 tests.

Overall, 16 out of 62 games involving Bowl Subdivision teams scheduled for this week have been called off. Last week, 15 of the 59 games scheduled were not played.

Also Thursday, Pittsburgh’s pandemic-delayed game at Georgia Tech was moved to Dec. 10.