Utah AD Mark Harlan announces “good” COVID-19 testing results Tuesday as Utes prep for UCLA

By | November 10, 2020

As the University of Utah football program pushes forward in an attempt to play at UCLA on Saturday night, Mark Harlan provided some positivity on Tuesday morning.

The Utes athletic director took to Twitter to indicate that testing had gone well on Tuesday morning, and things are continuing to progress towards playing the game as the week continues to unfold.

“We have had more good results in our daily COVID testing with football,” Harlan said. “We continue to push ahead and prepare for our game vs. UCLA this Saturday, with hopes for more negative test results throughout the week. The focus, as always, is to follow the leadership of our medical professionals.”

After the Utes’ Nov. 7 season opener vs. Arizona was postponed on the eve of the game, the athletic department reported 100% negative testing results on Saturday and Sunday. With that, Utah practiced on Monday, and with Harlan’s announcement of more encouraging results on Tuesday morning, the team was expected to practice again in the afternoon.

On Monday, Kyle Whittingham painted a grim picture of what the Utes have been dealing with in recent days. Per the 16th-year head coach, between the positive tests and ensuing contact-tracing protocols, two position groups were decimated and the Utes failed to reach the 53-scholarship player threshold necessary to play a game.

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As Utah readies for UCLA, Whittingham indicated Monday that there are scout-team players taking first-team reps and that walk-ons are preparing to play on Saturday evening.

It is unclear how many active positive cases Utah is currently dealing with, nor is it clear how many players and staff members are in isolation under quarantine protocols. Utah officials have declined to reveal those numbers.

This story will be updated.

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