Kansas coach Les Miles has been cleared to return to the Jayhawks after his optimistic take a look at for COVID-19, but out of warning is skipping the group’s journey to West Virginia for Saturday’s game.
The 66-year-old Miles introduced final week that routine testing had returned a optimistic take a look at. 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 mentioned he made the “troublesome resolution” after conferring with the college’s medical group, teaching workers and administration.
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“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 mentioned.
Additionally on Friday, Southern Mississippi at UTEP turned the sixth game scheduled for Saturday to be postponed this week.
Southern Miss introduced a rise in optimistic COVID-19 take a look at ends in this system pressured the postponement the faculties and Convention USA would work to reschedule.
Earlier within the week C-USA introduced it was pushing again the date of its convention championship game to Dec. 18. There have been 32 video games involving FBS groups canceled or postponed since Aug. 26.
As for Kansas, Jayhawks athletic director Jeff Lengthy mentioned the college went by means 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 well and has been cleared to leave isolation,” Kansas team physician Dr. Larry Magee said in a statement. “However because of the short time interval between the end of his isolation and the departure of our football team, and out of concern for safety of his staff and players, he is not traveling to West Virginia.”
Tight ends coach Joshua Eargle will deal with head-coaching duties towards the Mountaineers, liberating offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon and defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot to give attention to their sides of the ball. Eargle spent three seasons as the pinnacle coach at East Texas Baptist from 2013-15.
Miles is not the one head coach to check optimistic for the virus. Alabama’s Nick Saban and Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin lately returned optimistic exams. Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Toledo’s Jason Candle and Arkansas State’s Blake Anderson even have examined optimistic, 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 optimistic exams inside their program since summer season exercises resumed. One of 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 under his mouth when he greeted Baylor coach Dave Aranda and Oklahoma State counterpart Mike Gundy following every of their video games.
“As we continue to work our way through this pandemic, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our players, coaches and staff that make up this great team,” Miles said. “It is up to me to set the right example for our student-athletes, and that is what I am doing with this decision by not traveling with the team.”