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NC State’s season-opening game at Virginia Tech pushed back to Sept. 26

Coronavirus has hit the Wolfpack football program.

North Carolina State v Virginia Tech Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images

Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reports this morning that the NC State-Virginia Tech game originally set for Sept. 12 has officially been pushed back two weeks. This is the result of a coronavirus cluster within the Wolfpack athletics department—football players are among the athletes who tested positive.

As Joe Giglio explained yesterday while first reporting this story, ACC contact tracing protocols require anyone potentially exposed to the coronavirus to quarantine for 14 days. Over a dozen players were held out of NC State’s scrimmage on Saturday, per Giglio, so NC State is operating without a significant chunk of the team right now.

Both Virginia Tech and NC State had a bye week scheduled for the 26th, which is what allowed officials to push the game back. And now NC State will open its season at home on Sept. 19 against Wake Forest. Hey, maybe it’s best to get the Deacs early in the season; maybe their mojo won’t work so well against State in September.