The USC Trojans were without two teams available for practice this past week and change, after the football team and men’s water polo team saw positive COVID-19 tests.
Back on August 26, the Trojans had nine positive tests among their student-athletes and that subsequently shut down practice efforts from the squads.
After a string of coronavirus testing over the past 11 days, the Trojans are now allowed back on the practice fields, or practice pool, this fall.
No new positive test results came back in the 11 days since those initial positive results.
USC’s football program is allowed to work out for 20 hours a week during what would have been the 2020 fall football season while the water polo team can also return to the pool in a limited fashion as well.
It’s also important to note that the top draft prospects in the Pac-12 have stared opting out of a spring season and beginning preparations for the 2021 NFL Draft. Oregon Ducks LT Penei Sewell and cornerbacks Deommodore Lenoir and Thomas Graham have already announced their decisions and it’s very likely we start to see more and more of the top Pac-12 draft-eligible players throw their name in the pool.
Since they’re practicing this fall with no games in sight, it certainly makes a ton of sense for them to do such a thing. Especially since they can sign with an agent the second they declare for the draft and out of the season.
Either way, back to the topic at hand, it’s great to have no new positive results for these programs and clear way for their return to campus.