MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — More members of the University of Minnesota’s Gopher football program have tested positive for COVID-19.

The university paused all activities Tuesday after 15 people — nine student-athletes and six staff members — tested positive within a five-day span. As of Wednesday, that number grew to 25. Of the new 10 cases, three are student-athletes, and seven are staff members.

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The Gophers’ Saturday game versus the Wisconsin Badgers is cancelled, and will not be rescheduled due to Big Ten rules.

U athletics director Mark Coyle says the team’s goal is to be back in action in time for the matchup against Northwestern on Dec. 5.

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Saturday’s cancellation also means the Badgers are now ineligible for the division title because they didn’t play the Big Ten’s minimum of six games.

The U of M will release their next COVID update this Saturday.

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