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Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin tests positive for COVID-19

Madeleine Viceconte

Kevin Sumlin coaches on the sideline during the Arizona v. BYU football game. This is Sumlin’s first game as head coach. 

Arizona football head coach Kevin Sumlin has tested positive for COVID-19 and has immediately entered self-isolation following the school’s most recent administration testing, the team announced on Monday, Oct. 5. 

The school confirmed the positive test was not related to any team activities and no close contacts were identified within the football team. Sumlin also confirmed he is not experiencing any symptoms at this time and will be engaged in team practices “on a virtual basis.” 

“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.”

Scheduled team activities will remain on schedule this week, with pre-season practices beginning Friday, Oct. 9, with its first game of the regular season scheduled for Nov. 7 in Utah.

“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,” Sumlin said in a statement. “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.”

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