Soccer within the state of San Jose has had not less than 13 optimistic COVID-19 checks, and a few of their tour teams are nonetheless in Arizona

While the San Jose Spartans soccer team’s season officially ended in a 34-13 loss to the Ball State Cardinals at the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 31, some of the team’s affiliates had to remain under quarantine logs after testing positive in Tucson for COVID-19. And interestingly, the news didn’t come from school. Rather, it came from her Santa Clara County health department. Elliott Almond and Darren Sabedra of The Mercury News in San Jose have more on this:



A baseball player with a bat: San Jose State coaches Brent Brennan and LB Tysyn Parker at the Arizona Bowl on December 31, 2020.


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San Jose State coach Brent Brennan and LB Tysyn Parker at the Arizona Bowl on December 31, 2020.

The San Jose state soccer team, which completed a historic season last week, has 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to Santa Clara County.

… Just before kick-off, the school’s radio show identified five starters and offensive coordinator Kevin McGiven and defensive coordinator Derrick Odum as unavailable for the game.

San Jose state officials confirmed for the first time this week that members of the soccer team’s travel group tested positive for COVID-19.

School officials have not disclosed how many people are involved. [Senior director of media relations Kenneth] Mashcinchi said those who traveled to Arizona were tested daily, including before the game.

“Individuals who tested positive or were considered close contacts in Tucson did not travel back to San Jose on Dec. 31 to isolate or quarantine,” Mashcinchi wrote.

It is unclear whether the 13 confirmed cases reported by the county include those from the Arizona trip.

As noted in Almond’s article, this is not the first controversy the Spartan football team has caused. Previously, head coach Brent Brennan’s decision to return his team to San Jose after beating Boise State 34:20 in the Mountain West Conference championship game on December 19 was controversial, particularly at Brennan’s (see above with linebacker Tysyn Parker in December ) 31 Arizona Bowl) gives players a week off to visit families over Christmas. Dr. Jeff Smith, executive director of the Santa Clara district, criticized the team for ignoring the district’s 10-day quarantine for those returning from overseas, suggesting that they might even be prevented from doing so in the Arizona Travel Bowl. That didn’t happen, but there were clearly some problems that the Spartans had to face even before they left. Almond noted that a school message on December 28 indicated that more than one person who tested positive visited the football grounds between December 25 and December 27 (when the team went to Arizona).

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Of course, this college football season the Spartans are far from battling COVID-19 problems on their own. Countless games have been canceled following outbreaks this fall, including two her team has been involved in (thanks to breakouts in Fresno State and Boise State, no issues with their program). And this particular story draws attention in part because Santa Clara County has a tougher stance on sports than many other counties; This resulted in SJSU playing one home game in Hawaii and two home games in Las Vegas that year, due to the county’s restrictions. This also resulted in the NFL 49ers relocating to Arizona for home games. So what happened here does not necessarily go beyond what happened elsewhere. A COVID-19 outbreak in the state of Ohio even caused some uncertainty about the date of the upcoming CFP championship game, although it now looks like it will go ahead as planned. But the details of the San Jose state outbreak are certainly noteworthy, especially among those coming from the county health department rather than school. It is also interesting that some members of the SJSU tour group had to stay behind in Arizona.

[The Mercury News; photo from Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports]

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