Georgia Tech-Syracuse temporarily delayed for COVID-19 tests

The start of the Georgia Tech-Syracuse game was temporarily delayed out of "an abundance of caution" as the Orange retested three football players for COVID-19, the school said in a statement Saturday.

"Today's Syracuse University football game against Georgia Tech was briefly delayed to allow for additional COVID-19 testing. As part of Syracuse University's and the ACC's protocols, our student-athletes are tested multiple times throughout the week including on the Friday before games. "All of yesterday's tests came back negative. Out of an abundance of caution, we retested three members of our football program before kickoff of today's game. These tests came back negative as well. This protocol was administered in consultation with the Onondaga County Health Department. Our testing protocol worked as it should; this is exactly why we have implemented such a strict and robust testing program. Syracuse University, and its ACC partners, have established and continue to implement a comprehensive public health strategy to safeguard the health and safety of all of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and communities."

Current ACC testing protocols call for testing three times per week, including the day before games.

Syracuse won the game 37-20.