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Michigan State University's football game against Maryland is canceled

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Head coach Mel Tucker of the Michigan State Spartans leads his team onto the field against the Indiana Hoosiers at Spartan Stadium on Nov. 14, 2020 in East Lansing, Michigan. (WWMT/Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

Maryland Athletics canceled its football game against Michigan State University, after 15 student-athletes and Maryland's head coach tested positive for COVID-19, university representatives said in a written statement Nov. 19, 2020.

The game was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. It would not be rescheduled.

Maryland Athletics said its head coach Michael Locksley tested positive Nov. 18. He began to isolate at home.

"I am gutted for our team and for our fans," said Locksley. "This team is eager to play and compete and continue the growth we've seen this season. This virus is testing our players and coaches right now, but I have no doubt that we will emerge as a stronger unit for having gone through this together. As for me personally, I am feeling strong, with only minor symptoms. I will continue to lead this program virtually and our game preparations for Indiana will begin immediately."

Over the past week, Maryland Athletics said 15 student-athletes tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in a Big Ten test positivity rate of 2.8%. There were seven positive cases among staff over that same time period, resulting in a population positivity rate of 14.9%

All positive individuals were isolating, per health protocols.