Purdue Coach Jeff Brohm Tests Positive for COVID-19

By 11W Staff on October 18, 2020 at 2:40 pm
Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm
Nikos Frazier | Journal & Courier, Lafayette Journal & Courier via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Purdue coach Jeff Brohm tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday, according to a release from his athletic department:

During Purdue's daily COVID-19 testing on Sunday, Oct. 18, head football coach Jeff Brohm returned a presumed positive result via an antigen test, we are awaiting confirmation via a PCR test. He informed his staff and the team this afternoon and is currently at home in isolation. Coach Brohm will address the media via a Zoom call Monday during his scheduled weekly press conference at 11 a.m. ET.

[Update: Brohm confirmed his positive test at his Monday press conference.] The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for confirmation follows Big Ten protocols published in September. The earliest any Big Ten athlete can return to confirmation following a positive COVID-19 test is 21 days, although there's some uncertainty as to whether that applies to coaches, like Brohm should his PCR test come back positive. The final seven days of that 21-day pause are for player acclimation, so presumably, Brohm could return in 14 days.

Brohm becomes the third Power 5 coach to test positive in the last five days, joining Alabama's Nick Saban, who later tested negative and was allowed to coach Saturday, and Florida's Dan Mullen, who announced he tested positive Saturday.

The Boilermakers are set to host Iowa at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, Indiana Saturday. Brohm is 17–21 in three seasons at Purdue.

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