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NC State’s opener at Virginia Tech may be postponed

Well this ain’t great.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Western Carolina at NC State Photo by Jaylynn Nash/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

On Monday we learned that there is a coronavirus cluster within the NC State athletics department—27 positive cases, to be exact, though not all of them are athletes. Today, Joe Giglio is reporting what probably everybody figured, which is that there are football players among those positive cases.

Anybody who has been in contact with a player that tested positive is required by current ACC guidelines to quarantine for 14 days, which is a bit of a problem for the Wolfpack football program given that its opener at Virginia Tech is scheduled for 18 days from now.

Giglio reports that the game could end up being moved back two weeks to Sept. 26, when both teams have a bye week. In that case, NC State would open the season at home on the 19th against Wake Forest.

If the situation does not deteriorate further, the program may well get back on track for the full season, but these are ominous early signs.