After the diagnosis of Florida State’s Mike Norvell and Arkansas State head coach Blake Anderson, another FBS head coach has tested positive in Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin.
Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin tests positive for COVID. In adherence with all university protocols, Sumlin entered self-isolation immediately, contact tracing began in earnest & he has not experienced any symptoms— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 5, 2020
When cases have happened amongst head coaches previously, often the team has been more affected wholly including coaches and players. With contact tracing immediately begun, we’ll see if others are affected shortly.
Here’s the statement from Sumlin:
“My family and I have been aggressive in our efforts to remain safe and healthy throughout the past seven months,” Sumlin said in a statement. “My positive test result, while a shock, is a stark reminder of how we must all remain vigilant in our focus on hand-washing, physical distancing and face coverings.
I am feeling well and will be engaged in our ramp-up activities on a virtual basis until I complete the isolation protocol. I look forward to being back on field in time to begin preparing for the season.
We are all grateful to Dr. Stephen Paul and his entire football medical team who work hard day-in and day-out to ensure our student-athletes and staff are safe and healthy.”
The Wildcats finished 4-8 last season, 2-7 in the Pac-12 South. Arizona is scheduled to open the 2020 season at Utah on November 7th.