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Back at it: Bears return to practice for Texas game

Back at it: Bears return to practice for Texas game

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Baylor head coach Dave Aranda and the Bears returned to practice on Sunday, with the intention of playing Texas next weekend.

The Baylor football team returned to practice Sunday for the first time in 11 days in anticipation of playing Texas at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Austin.

The Bears had shut down football activities Oct. 8 following a COVID-19 outbreak. On Oct. 11, Baylor announced that its Oct. 17 game against Oklahoma State would be postponed until Dec. 12 at McLane Stadium.

Last Monday, Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades said that 28 players and 14 members of the football staff had tested positive for coronavirus. Additionally, 17 football players were undergoing contact tracing after coming into close contact with positive COVID-19 positive cases.

Baylor will continue to undergo testing this week before facing the Longhorns in the Bears’ first game since losing a 27-21 double-overtime decision to West Virginia on Oct. 3 in Morgantown.

Baylor must meet Big 12 minimums of 53 available players, including seven offensive linemen, four interior defensive linemen and one quarterback to play the game. Players who test positive must quarantine for 10 days while those undergoing contact tracing must quarantine 14 days.

Due to coronavirus issues, the Bears have played just two games this season. The Bears rolled to a 47-14 win over Kansas on Sept. 26 at McLane Stadium before the road loss to West Virginia.

Baylor’s two attempts to play nonconference games were stopped by COVID-19 outbreaks.

After a reported 38 Louisiana Tech players tested positive for coronavirus, the Sept. 12 game at McLane Stadium was canceled.

Baylor hurriedly scheduled a game against Houston on Sept. 19 at McLane Stadium, but it was postponed indefinitely after an unnamed Bears position group fell below the Big 12 minimum.

The Longhorns are 2-2 this season following a 53-45 quadruple-overtime loss to Oklahoma on Oct. 10 at the Cotton Bowl.

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