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Big 12 to implement rapid COVID-19 tests day before games

The Pac-12 also recently announced a partnership with Quidel that will provide its schools with the capacity to test daily and get results in about 15 minutes.

Editor's note: The video above was published last week.

The Big 12 announced Friday it has secured access to COVID-19 antigen testing that produces rapid results and will be used the day before competition on players, coaches and staff.

The partnership with Virtual Care for Families calls for a testing program that will use Quidel Rapid Antigen tests. The Pac-12 recently announced a partnership with Quidel that will provide its schools with the capacity to test daily and get results in about 15 minutes.

The Big 12 said it expects the same timeframe from the Quidel tests.

The Big 12, like the other five college football conferences currently moving forward with a fall season, is requiring its 10 schools to test athletes three times per week during competition. The conference said each school is responsible for the other weekly tests.

Credit: AP
FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2012, file photo, Baylor's Matt Ritchey (45) stands on the field by a Big 12 Conference logo during an NCAA college football game against TCU in Waco, Texas. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby feels good about where the league is with nine teams getting ready to play season openers this week. But the game not being played provides a stark reminder of the uncertainty of playing amid COVID-19. TCU won't be on the field because of a virus outbreak on its campus. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

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