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 crew’s journey to West Virginia for Saturday’s sport.
The 66-year-old Miles introduced final week that routine testing had returned a constructive check. He skilled solely gentle 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 determination” after conferring with the college’s medical crew, teaching workers and administration.
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“Whereas my 10-day window was accomplished this morning, there’s 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 sport scheduled for Saturday to be postponed this week.
Southern Miss introduced a rise in constructive COVID-19 check ends in this system compelled 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 sport 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 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 effectively and has been cleared to depart isolation,” Kansas crew doctor Dr. Larry Magee mentioned in a press release. “Nevertheless due to the brief time interval between the tip of his isolation and the departure of our soccer crew, and out of concern for security of his workers 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 pinnacle 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 exams. 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 exams inside their program since summer season exercises resumed. One in every of them occurred simply earlier than a season-opening loss to Coastal Carolina.
Miles has been diligent about sporting masks throughout video games, although images 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 manner by this pandemic, nothing is extra necessary than the well being and security of our gamers, coaches and workers that make up this nice crew,” Miles mentioned. “It’s as much as me to set the proper instance for our student-athletes, and that’s what I’m doing with this determination by not touring with the crew.”