Ohio State football pauses spring team activities after increase in COVID-19 cases

COLUMBUS — Spring team activities have been put on pause for the Ohio State football team following an increase in positive COVID-19 tests, according to multiple media reports.

The pause is expected to last a week and the decision to pause activities was made out of an abundance of caution, Ohio State athletic officials told our news partners WBNS-TV in Columbus.

“Our decisions on the welfare of our student-athletes, staff members and those coming to our campus, and our determination as to when we will reopen and resume activities, will continue to be guided by our medical staff,” Director of Athletics Gene Smith said in the statement to the TV station.

The announcement comes about 10 days before spring football drills are set to begin. Tentatively, Ohio State plans to have the annual spring game April 17, an OSU athletic spokesperson previously said.