Coronavirus cases and contact tracing have forced the San Jose state soccer program to stop personal activities before official spring practice, the school’s sports department said Wednesday.
The reigning champions of the Mountain West Conference should begin their official NCAA-approved spring training period next week, slated for the spring game scheduled for May. 1.
The state of San Jose has not disclosed how many positive tests have been linked to the football program. However, a school press release found that players, coaches and staff had been tested three times a week since the start of the calendar year.
The Spartans had coronavirus-related issues related to their trip to the Arizona Bowl in late December, with at least 13 cases confirmed. A school memo states that at least one person who tested positive for the virus visited the Simpkins Center on the day the team gathered there to travel to Tucson for the game, and several members of the team group stayed behind the game in Arizona to quarantine.
Several players and coaches were deemed unavailable for the Arizona Bowl, which the Spartans lost to Ball State after an undefeated regular season win and conference championship game against Boise State.
The soccer team isn’t the only Spartan sports program affected by the virus: the baseball and basketball teams (both men and women) paused their seasons due to positive COVID cases and contact tracing.
The women’s basketball team eventually canceled the remainder of their season. After a month of postponement, the baseball team will begin their season opener against the state of San Diego on Saturday.
Spartan football stars returning to defend their title at Mountain West include aspiring senior defensive lineman Cade Hall, the conference’s 2020 Defensive Player of the Year, and graduate transfer quarterback Nick Starkel, who topped last season -20 offensive led by SJSU. his first in San Jose.
Head coach Brent Brennan returns for the Spartans for the fifth time after being named Lombardi Foundation Coach of the Year and a contract renewal.