By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports activities Author
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Les Miles has been cleared to return to the Jayhawks after his constructive check for COVID-19, however out of warning is skipping the group’s journey to West Virginia for Saturday’s recreation.
The 66-year-old Miles introduced final week that routine testing had returned a constructive check. He skilled solely delicate signs whereas he was quarantining, and he was in a position to work remotely with the Jayhawks throughout their bye week.
Miles stated he made the “tough resolution” after conferring with the college’s medical group, teaching employees and administration.
“Whereas my 10-day window was accomplished this morning, there may be an excessive amount of nonetheless unknown about this virus for me to really feel 100% assured that I will not transmit it to somebody who comes into shut contact with me,” he stated.
Additionally on Friday, Southern Mississippi at UTEP grew to become the sixth recreation scheduled for Saturday to be postponed this week.
Southern Miss introduced a rise in constructive COVID-19 check leads to this system pressured the postponement the colleges and Convention USA would work to reschedule.
Earlier within the week C-USA introduced it was pushing again the date of its convention championship recreation to Dec. 18. There have been 32 video games involving FBS groups canceled or postponed since Aug. 26.
The Southeastern Convention postponed subsequent week’s recreation between Missouri and No. 10 Florida on Friday, the third league contest moved this week. The Gators had at the least 21 gamers and coaches check constructive for the coronavirus and dozens extra quarantined due to contract tracing. That left them with fewer than the conference-mandated 53 scholarship gamers accessible Saturday in opposition to defending nationwide champion LSU.
Due to the SEC’s security protocols, Florida doubtless wouldn’t have gotten everybody again in time to follow and put together for Mizzou. So the Gators will get consecutive weeks off earlier than internet hosting Missouri on Oct. 31. Missouri had been scheduled to host Kentucky that day, however they may now play subsequent Saturday, Oct. 24. Kentucky was scheduled to play at Georgia that day, but it surely strikes to Halloween.
Florida and LSU are tentatively scheduled to play Dec. 12. Missouri and Vanderbilt are slated for a similar day after their recreation this week received postponed due to an outbreak inside Vandy’s program.
As for Kansas, Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Lengthy stated the college went by way of contract tracing protocols to inform anyone who had been involved with Miles, together with coaches and gamers from Oklahoma State, who had crushed Kansas the earlier week.
“Coach Miles is doing nicely and has been cleared to depart isolation,” Kansas group doctor Dr. Larry Magee stated in an announcement. “Nevertheless due to the quick time interval between the tip of his isolation and the departure of our soccer group, and out of concern for security of his employees and gamers, he’s not touring to West Virginia.”
Tight ends coach Joshua Eargle will deal with head-coaching duties in opposition to the Mountaineers, liberating offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot to concentrate on their sides of the ball. Eargle spent three seasons as the top coach at East Texas Baptist from 2013-15.
Miles is not the one head coach to check constructive for the virus. Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin just lately returned constructive assessments. Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Toledo’s Jason Candle and Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson even have examined constructive, although all returned to their groups.
The Jayhawks, who fell to 0-Three with their 47-7 loss to the Cowboys, have had a number of clusters of constructive assessments inside their program since summer season exercises resumed. One among them occurred simply earlier than a season-opening loss to Coastal Carolina.
Miles has been diligent about sporting masks throughout video games, although pictures present him slipping it beneath his mouth when he greeted Baylor coach Dave Aranda and Oklahoma State counterpart Mike Gundy following every of their video games.
“As we proceed to work our method by way of this pandemic, nothing is extra vital than the well being and security of our gamers, coaches and employees that make up this nice group,” Miles stated. “It’s as much as me to set the best instance for our student-athletes, and that’s what I’m doing with this resolution by not touring with the group.”
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