Ohio State head coach Ryan Day is the latest member of the program to test positive for COVID-19, the university announced on Friday.
Day’s positive test means he will not travel or coach Saturday’s game against Illinois. Assistant head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson will act as the interim head coach for the Buckeyes instead.
There have been an uknown number of positive coronavirus tests within the program this week, which was first reported on Wednesday, yet the plan is to still play Saturday’s game.
Instead of flying to Champaign on Friday evening, the team will wait until Saturday morning as more PCR (nasal swab) tests were taken earlier in the day, according to college football insider Nicole Auerbach.
Ohio State also did not release its usual Friday morning stats reports, which will instead be released at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Players who test positive for COVID-19 must sit out a minimum 21 days, but coaches are required to isolate for only a minimum of 10 days, which means Day could return to the sidelines for the team’s next game against Michigan State on Dec. 5.
It is unknown which players have tested positive at this point.
Day is also the second big-time college football coach who will miss a game this weekend due to a positive COVID test. Alabama head coach Nick Saban had also tested positive earlier in the week.