Here’s an interesting tidbit Marc Weiszer shared yesterday:
While Georgia is still testing three times a week, the Bearcats are testing just about daily, Fickell said, and “still asking our guys to make sacrifices. … One bad day can lead to a lot of different things.”
There have been enough hints and whispers to suggest that Kirby Smart is holding his breath about who will and who won’t be available to play Friday in the bowl game. As I mentioned yesterday, cross your fingers those Wednesday tests come back with nothing but good news.
It’s gonna be a close call, and maybe not just for players.
Players were able to return home for a few days around the Christmas holiday.
It came during a week where the state had a 14.3 percent positivity rate, higher than the peak of the summer surge, according to Amber Schmidtke, a public health microbiologist who tracks Georgia cases for her Daily Digest. The weekly case total for 18 to 29 years olds in the state has risen 189 percent in the last eight weeks.
Smart is prepared in case he would be affected by COVID protocols like some of his SEC colleagues.
Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt tested positive and experienced mild symptoms. Alabama’s Nick Saban, Florida’s Dan Mullen and Arkansas’ Sam Pittman also tested positive during the season.
“Every time I test it’s a concern of mine,” Smart said. “I’m not going to share that exact plan because it hasn’t had to come to fruition. But we’ve been through it and talked about it, and have things available for Skype meetings, for Zoom meetings, to sit in team meetings, to be in practice by way of Zoom meetings, to have someone be in charge of gameday decisions. Pretty much everybody in the country has that now.”
It would really suck to get this far, especially after losing the last regular game of the season, and then be tripped up by COVID.