Spartans Heading Back Down South

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The Spartans are heading home tomorrow after a brief stay in Arcata following word from Santa Clara County Public Health that the San Jose State University football team was cleared to practice back in the Bay Area.

According to a Tuesday night news release from Humboldt State University, the 140-member entourage of players, coaches and staff could return if things change on the COVID front in their neck of the woods.

University officials announced Sept. 30 that the campus would be "partnering" with its California State University sister campus to the south to bring the Spartans to town because the team was not cleared at the time to conduct practices at home in Santa Clara County due to COVID restrictions there.

Read more about the arrangement and responses from health officials in the story, “Their Success is Our Success,” by clicking here.

Before and after arriving in Humboldt on Oct. 2, according to HSU, none of the Spartans tested positive for COVID-19. Find out more about that here.

Read the HSU release below.
San José State University’s football team will return to the SJSU campus following its morning practice on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The news comes as Santa Clara County Public Health announced the team could return to practice at its home field after Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 risk level was downgraded from the red to orange tier — or moderate level.

Note that should Santa Clara County return to the red tier, HSU will consult with Humboldt County Public Health and SJSU about the viability of the team’s return to HSU to proceed safely for practice and/or competition.

Starting Thursday, Oct. 15, faculty, staff, and students will have access to the Redwood Bowl from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The SJSU team arrived Friday, Oct. 2 after testing negative for COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. The team had been in a bubble since July. Two tests in the week after they arrived show no positives among the approximately 140 players, coaches and staff that stayed and practiced on campus. More information about SJSU’s practices is available here.

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