Buckeyes coach Ryan Day won’t coach vs. Spartans if game is played

Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day recently tested positive for COVID-19.

After having tested positive, the Big Ten requires coaches to isolate for ten days and be symptom free for 24 hours.

Thanks to Day’s diagnosis along with the rate of positive coronavirus tests within the program reaching “concerning” levels, the decision was made to cancel last weekend’s scheduled game against Illinois. This weekend’s scheduled game against the Michigan State Spartans is still on as of now, though Day won’t be on the sidelines if the game is played.

If all CDC guidelines are met by Day, he’d be eligible to return on Monday, December 7. Until then, defensive line coach Larry Johnson will be assuming his duties.

“I have spoken with coach Day, and he is doing well physically,” athletic director Gene Smith said in the press release. “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.”

– – Quotes via Matt Howe of 247Sports Link – –