LSU and Clemson Coronavirus Outbreaks Prove Players Must Be Way More Careful if They Want Football in the Fall

Clemson and LSU both had dozens of COVID-19 cases
Clemson and LSU both had dozens of COVID-19 cases | Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

Both teams involved in the 2019 national championship game, in which Joe Burrow's LSU prevented Trevor Lawrence and Clemson from repeating as champions, have had major outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus among their football teams.

Days after 23 Clemson players have self-isolated after positive coronavirus tests, 30 LSU players have been quarantined after either testing positive or contacted with positive tests. SI's Ross Dellenger reports that a good chunk of the infected picked up the virus at a Baton Rouge nightclub.

Let this be a warning to all those in Louisiana and South Carolina who think the threat of the virus is over. This pandemic is still raging on full strength, and it'll claim college football unless health and safety procedures are adhered to.

Even though coaches, politicians and administrators are optimistic football will be played, results like this, in addition to both Houston and Kansas State suspending workouts due to a recent flurry of positive tests, will only make the road back to play resuming longer and more arduous.

Ever wonder why you're being told to wear a mask? This is why.

This virus is not slowing down, and anyone who thinks that college football should return irrespective of proper health protocols being followed has shown they clearly should not be in a position of authority or influence.