UTEP has postponed the start of preseason football practice after four players tested positive for the coronavirus. School officials say all four players were asymptomatic and placed in a 14-day quarantine. School medical staff also recommended the entire team and coaching staff also go into a five-day quarantine before everyone is tested again on Wednesday.Results of those tests will be determined when practice will begin, the school said.“I am fully supportive of the recommendations of our sports medicine personnel and team doctors,” coach Dana Dimel said. “We can’t wait to resume preparations for our fall season, but safety comes first.”The Miners play in Conference USA The FCS school said the Lions’ leadership council voiced those concerns to the coaching staff Saturday.North Alabama said in a statement Monday the school will “make every attempt to structure a meaningful football experience for this fall while remaining focused on health and safety.”North Alabama has switched, until at least Friday, to a model in which players can voluntarily continue physical conditioning in groups of 12 or less. Team and position meetings will be held in person with social distancing and masks mandatory.North Alabama moved to FCS in 2018 after winning three straight Division II national championships from 1993-95.___ Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Virus halts North Alabama football practice August 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___North Alabama has suspended football practices until at least Friday after team leaders expressed concerns about COVID-19.