Purdue University Head Football Coach Jeff Brohm is expected to miss Saturday’s season opener against the University of Iowa after a second test confirmed he has COVID-19.
The Boilermakers have been undergoing daily rapid testing since Sept. 30 and it was Brohm’s test Sunday morning that initially came back positive. A second test conducted immediately afterward also came back positive Sunday night.
Big Ten Conference protocol requires players who test positive to sit out 21 days but staff members are required to isolate 10 days. Purdue Athletic Director Mike Bobinski said there is no chance Brohm will be on the sideline, as Alabama coach Nick Saban was last week, even if he tests negative.
Bobinski said the school is looking into whether it would be permissible for Brohm to do any virtual coaching this weekend against the visiting Hawkeyes. Offensive coordinator Brian Brohm will replace his brother on the sideline and will continue to call plays.
Jeff Brohm said he also will continue to watch practices, take notes and confer with players and his assistant coaches through Zoom calls this week.
Other major-college football coaches known to have tested positive for COVID-19 include Saban, Florida’s Dan Mullen, Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin and Kansas’ Les Miles. Saban was cleared to coach the Crimson Tide on Saturday, three days after a false positive test.