Just 10 days into the season, the ACC has already seen four football games impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Notre Dame, the conference’s special guest, is the latest to be impacted with its Saturday game likely a no-go after seven positive tests.
Virginia Tech has yet to play a game this season after dealing with several outbreaks on the team. The season is likely to finish with teams in the conference playing a varying number of games, which has unknown implications on the postseason.
While sports in the U.S. are underway, the Notre Dame situation is just the latest high-profile road bump. By next year, the U.S. could provide the most significant challenge to making sure the postponed Tokyo Olympics go off without a hitch.
The U.S. currently has the most confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in the world and just 15 countries welcome those traveling from the states without special permission. That could put an added pressure on officials looking to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus in Japan next summer as they consider various options.