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Michigan State basketball head coach Tom Izzo diagnosed with Covid-19

The Michigan State head coach will be away from his team for at least 10 days

Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans watches on during a practice session ahead of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament East Regional at Capital One Arena on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Lance King/Getty Images

One of the legendary coaches in college basketball has been diagnosed with Covid-19, as Michigan State Spartans head coach Tom Izzo was flagged with the condition this morning.

Because of the Big Ten’s protocol, he should be allowed to rejoin team activities on November 17th. but should be able to coach the team in their first game. While schedules still aren’t finalized in college basketball this season, most teams will begin play over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and that’s more than a week after Izzo could return. The Spartans are also scheduled to play Virginia on December 9th.

Izzo released a statement via the university:

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. Although I have some minor symptoms, I remain in good health. I’ve been extremely diligent for many months now, wearing my mask in public and around the office, while adhering to social distancing guidelines. I’ve been racking my brain, trying to figure out if there was a time where I let my guard down for just an instance. And while I haven’t identified any area of exposure, what I have determined is that this shows the power of the virus. You’d be hard pressed to find a coach who’s taken more precautions than I have, following all the protocols put in place by our medical team, and yet I still contracted the virus.”

Izzo has been at Michigan State as head coach since 1995, and has been to eight Final Fours as well as the 2000 national championship.