Memphis halts football activities after 'significant number of individuals' test positive for COVID-19

Memphis has paused football activities after a "significant number of individuals" inside the program were placed into quarantine due to coronavirus protocols, the school announced Friday.

The Tigers are scheduled to play Houston next Friday, and a source told ESPN's Sam Khan Jr. that that game is still on for now but they'll look to finalize the status on Monday.

Memphis did not specify how many positive cases it has inside the program, saying only "a number of individuals connected with the Tigers football program tested positive." Those positive tests, along with contact tracing protocols, put a "significant number of individuals" into quarantine, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

The school said none of the cases are serious.

"The positive tests and subsequent contact tracing indicate that the majority of cases have been linked to social events outside of official football activities," the school said.

Memphis offensive lineman O'Bryan Goodson denied a report that Tigers players were involved in a party and pointed the finger at Arkansas State, Memphis' first opponent last Saturday.

Memphis is scheduled to retest its team on Saturday, according to a source. Practices are on pause but could resume as early as Monday.

Adam Rittenberg contributed to this report.