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OU football: Sooners coach Lincoln Riley hoping for national standards on testing

While Sooners coach Lincoln Riley wouldn’t pinpoint a specific plan for continued COVID-19 testing Friday, he said OU would continue to test its players regularly.

“We don’t want things to creep in here, especially with so many asymptomatic positive across the country right now,” Riley said. “We don’t want anything to creep in here that we don’t know about.”

Several programs across the country have had to put a stop to workouts after several players tested positive after the teams had begun group work.

Kansas announced Friday that it had halted workouts. Kansas State recently did the same.

While each team is working under their own protocol now, Riley said he hoped there would be a more widespread standard as the season draws closer.

“I think we’re all hoping that we will lay down some very strict regulations for all college football teams so that we’re all on an equal playing field, all being tested the right way,” Riley said. “I think that has yet to be seen.”

One of the concerns is about non-conference games, especially involving non-Power Five or lower-division opponents whose testing capabilities might not be to the same standard as a place like OU.

Riley said he was hopeful games like the Sooners’ Sept. 5 opener against Missouri State would be able to be played.

“Right now, I do believe you can,” Riley said. “Those are ongoing conversation s that we have had. I give Joe (Castiglione, OU’s athletic director) credit. They’ve been having ongoing conversations with Missouri State for a long time now. We certainly won’t if we don’t feel comfortable about it.”

Riley also mentioned a new helmet design, with some type of mask incorporated, could make playing games without virus transmission between teams much easier.

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University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley speaks during a press conference at OU in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020.  [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

University of Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley speaks during a press conference at OU in Norman, Okla. on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman]

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