Big 12 head coach tests positive for COVID-19
The University of Kansas’s athletic department has released a statement saying the Jayhawks head football coach Les Miles has tested positive for COVID-19. He will be forced to miss several days due to the positive result.
Kansas does not have a game this weekend, and will not be back on the field until Saturday, Oct. 17 when it travels to West Virginia.
“Today, I was notified that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Miles said in a statement. “I am beginning the isolation process at my home and will continue to fulfill my head coach responsibilities remotely.
“Although I will not physically be able to attend practice for the time being, I will be using the technology available for remote working to stay connected during staff meetings, meeting with players, etc.”
Kansas athletic director Jeff Long said that, as of right now, no other coaches have tested positive for the virus. Long says that, assuming Miles does not develop symptoms or contract a fever, he will be back on the sidelines for the Jayhawks’ next competition.
“Coach Miles has tested positive for COVID-19 through our surveillance testing. At this time, we believe he will be able to continue to perform his head coaching duties,” Long said. “Based on the other test results, no other coaches tested positive. As long as Coach Miles does not develop symptoms or have a fever, we anticipate he will be able to coach the West Virginia game on Oct. 17.
“Kansas Team Health is working through the contact tracing protocols and notifying those individuals that may have been in close contact with him for an extended period of time. We wish coach a speedy recovery and look forward to getting him back on the field very soon.”
The Jayhawks are currently 0-3 this season.