Columbus, Ohio – According to many sources, Ohio football coach Ryan Day has passed a test for COVID-19 and will not train in Saturday’s game in Illinois.
Ohio is still planning to play on Saturday and will take off on Saturday morning if the number of positive tests within the program does not grow. This news was first reported to subscribers of text messages in Buckeye Talk. Ohio confirmed the news with news on Friday afternoon.
Head coach / defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim coach in place of Day.
For the first time on Wednesday night, there were reports that Buckeyes was coping with an unspecified number of positive tests for coronavirus within the program. Earlier, Ohio declined to comment on the reports. A source told cleveland.com on Thursday that tests and contact tracking affected players, coaches and support staff.
In a news release, Ohio confirmed “the increased number of positive tests this week.”
He also said that the increased tests did not pass the threshold of the Big Ten, requiring cancellation.
Players who pass the COVID-19 test must remain out of the race for a minimum of 21 days. However, coaches are required to be isolated for at least 10 days and without symptoms for 24 hours.
An Ohio spokesman said Day’s 10-day quarantine could see him return on Monday, Dec. 7, if he tests negative and is cleared. The game against Michigan in Columbus is five days later, on December 12.
Purdue coach Jeff Brom was positive for COVID-19 on October 19, was not the coach of the new season and returned to coach on October 31.
“I talked to Coach Day and he’s doing well physically,” OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a news release. “I feel terrible for the coach and the members of the program who have been diagnosed with a positive test. Coach Day and this team have been real leaders in doing things so well throughout this pandemic.
“Our team wants to play this game and we will do our best to help make that happen. All decisions regarding the well-being of our student-athletes and staff will continue to be guided by our medical staff. “
Dan talks repeatedly about the daily stress caused by waiting for the results of the rapid antigen test for the entire program to return. The Ohio game in Maryland was canceled earlier this month due to the outbreak of Therapins.
Day said he instructed his players to accept that everyone they came in contact with had the virus and to act accordingly.
“It’s week after week, day after day, for sure,” Den said on November 3rd. “You hold your breath all week. You hold your breath during the day. ”
Ohio did not release its usual status report Friday morning, saying it would do so at 10 a.m. Saturday.
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The understanding for the 2020 season was that the report was weak as players and staff were tested daily for COVID-19 under the Big Ten protocol. In this case, due to contact tracking and pending test results, Ohio may have more players than usual whose status remains in the air for lunch on Saturday.
The status report will matter after the game on Saturday. Players whose positive tests for COVID-19 are confirmed must leave the competition for a minimum of 21 days. This means that any player from the state of Ohio, who recently tested positive this week, cannot play in any of the last three games: Saturday in Illinois, December 5 in Michigan and December 12 against Michigan.
The Ohio State Report does not distinguish between illness, injury, or disciplinary reasons for player absences.
The first reports of an increased number of cases of COVID-19 under the OSU program came out on Wednesday night. A source told cleveland.com that the cases involved players, coaches and other employees. Ohio was trying to isolate those affected and continue preparations for Saturday’s game.
Ohio practiced in a role on Thursday and hosted a team meal for Thanksgiving. Players confirmed in photos and videos posted by the team include quarterback Justin Fields, offensive players Josh Myers, Thayer Munford and Nicholas Petty-Frere, linebacker Baron Browning and quarterback Jonathan Cooper.
If the number of positive tests increases through additional tests this week or in the future, the decision to continue teamwork may be out of the hands of Ohio.
According to Big Ten protocols, teams that experience cases among more than 5% of team members and more than 7.5% of the program’s “population” – a combination of players, coaches, managers, trainers and other staff – must stop operations.
Positive tests in the range of 2.5-5% for the team and 3.5-7.5% for the population mean that the program must change its practice and schedule of meetings and “consider the viability to continue with the planned competition.” Without knowing the exact number of people affected so far, it is possible that OSU has already reached this average threshold.
– This post was updated at 5:05 AM EST to reflect new information from OSU on the date Ryan Day can return to the team.
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