Ohio State’s Day tests positive, won’t coach vs. Illinois

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Ryan Day has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be with the Buckeyes if they play at Illinois on Saturday.

Ohio State said Friday it had an increased number of positive COVID-19 tests in the program this week. The game was against the Illini was still on, but the Buckeyes were not traveling on Friday as originally scheduled.

Buckeyes veteran defensive line coach Larry Johnson will act as interim coach with Day unavailable. Ohio State said it planned to do a second round of testing Friday before flying to Champaign, Illinois, on Saturday ahead of the game scheduled for noon EST.

Ohio State did not specify how how many cases of COVID-19 it currently has, but the school did say it has not reached the threshold to have to cancel its game.

Day’s positive tests means the Nos. 1 and 3 teams in the country will be playing without their coaches Saturday.

Earlier this week, Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive and displayed mild symptoms. Saban will miss the Crimson Tide’s Iron Bowl against Auburn.

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