First B1G head coach tests positive for COVID-19
With less than one week until kickoff for the 2020 B1G season, a head coach has tested positive for COVID-19.
On Sunday afternoon, Purdue announced that head football coach Jeff Brohm has tested positive for the virus. The athletic department sent out a statement regarding the situation.
Per B1G rules, players who test positive for the virus are not permitted to return to competition for 21 days. It’s not clear whether or not Brohm will be forced to follow those same protocols as a player, but one can safely assume there’s a good chance he won’t be on the sideline for the Boilers’ season opener again Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 24.
“During Purdue’s daily COVID-19 testing on Sunday, Oct. 18, head football coach Jeff Brohm returned a presumed positive result via an antigen test, we are awaiting confirmation via a PCR test,” the statement said. “He informed his staff and the team this afternoon and is currently at home in isolation. Coach Brohm will address the media via a Zoom call Monday during his scheduled weekly press conference at 11 a.m. ET.”
Purdue finished the 2019 season with a 4-8 record and opens the season at home against Iowa at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Boilers are 2-1 against the Hawkeyes under Brohm.