There have been a bevy of positive COVID-19 tests in college football and the latest notable one is a head coach at one of the Power Five schools. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, No. 3 ranked Ohio State’s head coach in Ryan Day tested positive for COVID-19.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has tested positive for COVID-19.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 27, 2020
On Friday it was discovered that Day had produced a positive COVID-19 test ahead of the team’s game on Saturday. The Buckeyes are scheduled to face Illinois and the game will remain on unless there are other positive tests to surface.
As a result of his positive test, The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman reported that Day won’t travel with the team and will not coach this week. In Day’s absence, Feldman also shared that assistant head coach, Larry Johnson, will serve as the interim coach in his place against Illinois.
OhioState update: Ryan Day has tested positive. He is in isolation and will not travel to Illinois or coach the team this week. Assistant head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim head coach of the Buckeyes on Saturday.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) November 27, 2020
Coming into the weekend, Ohio State has been one of the best teams in college football despite the Big Ten beginning their season later than other conferences. So far this season, the Buckeyes have defeated Nebraska, Penn State, Rutgers, and Indiana.
While beating teams by an average of 19.2 points per game, Justin Fields is making his case as a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback. Fields figures to be a coveted prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft due to his dual-threat ability.
Day isn’t the first notable head coach to test positive for COVID-19 this week, as Nick Saban tested positive for Alabama. Saban has now tested positive twice for COVID-19 this season and after being asymptomatic the first time, he’s experienced mild symptoms this time around.