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Michigan sports are on pause. Hours before it was officially announced, teams were working toward scheduling games. What happened? A timeline that led to the postponement:


Night: Michigan releases a statement that the first case of the COVID-19 B.1.1.7 variant in the state was a member of the University of Michigan community and that two more members of the community with ties to that person were confirmed cases of the new strain. In total, seven cases were linked to the first positive test, though five were not yet certain to be the B.1.1.7 variant.


6:30 pm: Michigan basketball plays Purdue after Boilermaker guard Sasha Stefanovic had tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, as both teams felt confident in the protocols put in place by Purdue to prevent transmission prior to games. 

7 pm: Volleyball continues to wait for their first match of the season, since their games against Penn State were postponed due to COVID-19 issues within the Nittany Lions’ program.

Saturday afternoon:

2 pm: Michigan women’s basketball reschedules its postponed game against Michigan State to Tuesday, adding a second game between the in-state rivals in three days.

Saturday night:

8:30 pm: Rumors begin to swirl of COVID-19 issues within the athletic department. 

9:45 pm: The Daily confirms that the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has recommended that all Michigan sports go on pause. The athletic department pauses all activities for a 14-day quarantine, with sources telling The Daily that there are five confirmed positives and 15 presumed cases of the new B.1.1.7 variant.

Sunday morning:

12 pm: An MDHHS memo provided to The Daily confirms the number of cases and recommends that the athletic department go on pause and review all positive tests for the new variant.

Monday afternoon:

1:21 pm: Michigan wrestler Myles Amine tweets out a statement from a “coalition of student-athletes” advocating for MDHHS to revoke its order and a petition is started by cross country senior Christian Hubaker that garners thousands of signatures, signalling serious pushback from athletes within the University.

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