Arizona Wildcats football coach Kevin Sumlin tests positive for coronavirus
Arizona Wildcats head football coach Kevin Sumlin has tested positive for coronavirus but does not have symptoms, the university announced on Monday.
Sumlin received a positive test result and a follow-up confirmed that he caught COVID-19. The head coach is currently in self-isolation, and the school said it is administering contact tracing.
“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 the field in time to begin preparing for the season.”
Sumlin in his statement also thanked Dr. Stephen Paul and the football program’s medical team for working “to ensure our student-athletes and staff are safe and healthy.”
Arizona will continue preparing to play a seven-game schedule that begins Nov. 7 with a road game against the Utah Utes. The team will begin practice this Friday.
The Wildcats are coming off a 4-8 season that saw them fall in their final seven games.
Sumlin, entering his third season as Arizona’s head coach, is 9-15 and 6-12 in Pac-12 play.