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Big 12 Problems: KU Coach Tests Positive; Baylor on Pause

Brock Fritz

A pair of Big 12 Conference football teams announced Thursday they’re facing COVID-19 complications.

Kansas head coach Les Miles tested positive for the coronavirus, while Baylor suspended all football-related activities to “allow for further evaluation of recent positive tests and the completion of close contact tracing.”

"At this time and in the interest of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff, we have temporarily suspended all football-related activities. Their health and wellness will always be our top priority," Baylor director of athletics Mack B. Rhoades said in the athletic department’s release. "We are taking all possible precautions and our focus remains playing the scheduled game with Oklahoma State at McLane Stadium on October 17."

Both Baylor (1-1) and Kansas (0-3) were scheduled to be off this weekend. The Jayhawks will return to action Oct. 17 at West Virginia. In the meantime, Miles plans to continue the head coaching responsibilities from his home.

“Today, I was notified that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” Miles said in a statement. “I am beginning the isolation process at my home and will continue to fulfill my head coach responsibilities remotely.

“Although I will not physically be able to attend practice for the time being, I will be using the technology available for remote working to stay connected during staff meetings, meetings with players, etc.

“Thank you for your prayers and support in advance. I look forward to beating this virus and returning back to be with my team in person very soon."

“Based on the other test results, no other coaches tested positive,” Kansas director of athletics Jeff Long said. “As long as Coach Miles does not develop symptoms or have a fever, we anticipate he will be able to coach the West Virginia game on Oct. 17.

“Kansas Team Health is working through the contact tracing protocols and notifying those individuals that may have been in close contact with him for an extended period of time. We wish Coach a speedy recovery and look forward to getting him back on the field very soon.”

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