Ohio State football coach Ryan Day has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not travel with the No. 3 Buckeyes for Saturday’s game against Illinois, the school said in a statement.
The university said Day is just “one of the individuals” with in the program that has tested positive for the coronavirus, without specifying how many.
Assistant head coach/defensive line coach Larry Johnson will serve as interim head coach of the Buckeyes on Saturday while Day is in isolation.
“I have spoken with Coach Day, and he is doing well physically,” athletic director Gene Smith said. “I feel terrible for Coach and for the members of the program who have been diagnosed with a positive test.
“Coach Day and this team have been true leaders in handling things so well throughout this pandemic. Our team wants to play this game, and we’re going to do everything we can to help make this happen. All of the decisions on the welfare of our student-athletes and staff members will continue to be guided by our medical staff.”