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Maryland football cancels Michigan State game, pauses activities

This is the fourth game the Terps have had cancelled this season.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 12 Rutgers at Maryland Photo by Mark Goldman/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Maryland football’s Champions Week matchup with Michigan State has been cancelled, the program announced Thursday.

The Terrapin program has seen a new rise in positive COVID-19 test results, with 15 student-athletes and six staff members testing positive between December 10-16.

“This has been a season of promise and of adversity,” head coach Michael Locksley said in a release. “Our team has demonstrated a tremendous work ethic, resolve and displayed Maryland pride throughout this unique season. We have battled two opponents each week, the team we matched up with on the field and COVID. Together, we experienced tremendous highs and we are deeply disappointed that we will not be able to test ourselves on the field against Michigan State.”

In November, Maryland had 23 players and seven staff members test positive in a separate outbreak, causing cancellations against Ohio State and Michigan State.

Maryland also had its matchup against Michigan cancelled due to coronavirus issues with the Wolverines in November. The Terps, who sport a 2-3 record, have played just five of nine scheduled games this season.

Maryland athletics revealed that 36 student-athletes across all sports tested positive out of 2,340 on-campus screenings between Nov. 10-Dec. 15. To date, Maryland athletics has conducted 7,671 tests that have yielded 154 positive results.