How long will Purdue's Jeff Brohm be out? Here's the B1G's protocol for coaches who test positive for COVID-19
Big news hit Purdue on Sunday, when the school announced that head coach Jeff Brohm tested positive for COVID-19. He was the first head coach in the B1G to have a positive result.
The news comes less than a week before the Boilermakers are scheduled to take the field for the first time in 2020, hosting Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 24. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
When the B1G reversed its decision and decided to reinstate the fall season, it announced that part of the protocols would require student-athletes who test positive to sit out for a minimum of 21 days before being allowed to return to competition. However, coaches will not have wait quite that long, according to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic.
re: Jeff Brohm testing positive for COVID:
B1G athletes are required to be held out for 21 days following a positive diagnosis (for cardiac screening reasons).
Coaches follow CDC guidelines: 10 days isolation, can return at end of that if they've been symptom-free for 24hrs.
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) October 18, 2020
Per Auerbach, coaches will have to be in isolation for 10 days and can return at the end of that window if they’ve been symptom-free for a full day.
Still, this likely means that Brohm will miss the season opener against Iowa. However, if he’s able to return after that 10-day period, he should be permitted to return before Purdue’s Week 2 matchup against Illinois.