Virginia Tech Football: NC State pauses athletics days before game against Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech and Nc State’s September 12th matchup hangs in the balance of a recent pause in NC State’s athletics.

The North Carolina State athletic department has paused any and all athletic activity amid a recent cluster of COVID cases within the university.

This news breaks just 19 days before they are scheduled to take on Virginia Tech in week one of the 2020 NCAA football season. CBS Sport reported that NC State has announced that the school as 27 positive COVID cases though not all of the cases are within the athletic department, as a precautionary move the school halted all activity.

The school’s athletic director, Boo Corrigan, said in a statement that: “We will continue to work with all appropriate parties to evaluate the most responsible path moving forward and will provide further details when available.”

CBS also stated that the newest cluster is just one of the three new clusters identified by the university on Monday as schools start to welcome back students to campus. This presents a real challenge for the upcoming season as NC State is not the only school to make changes to their programs as Notre Dame, North Carolina and Duke have had to make either send students home or pause activities entirely.

In the wake of that decision, North Carolina announced that there will be no fans in attendance this upcoming season.

For Virginia Tech, they now have to hang in the balance of NC State’s decision to pause their athletics. With their season-opening game just a few days away, commencing on September, 12th, VT hopes that their scheduled game is able to go on without any further roadblocks.