Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, the school announced in a statement. Brohm's positive test comes just six days before the Boilermakers are scheduled to open their 2020 football season against Iowa as the Big Ten returns to the field.
"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," the school's statement said. "He informed his staff and the team this afternoon and is currently at home in isolation."
Brohm later confirmed that positive test in a follow up on Monday and said that he is experiencing exhausting, body aches and chest tightness. He is self-isolating and working remotely leading up to Saturday's game with the Hawkeyes. Big Ten COVID-19 rules state that coaches/staff will have to isolate for 10 days after receiving a positive test. Brohm's brother, offensive coordinator Brian Brohm, is serving as the interim head coach. Jeff Brohm said it is "not looking like" he will be on the sideline on Saturday.
Brohm is among a group of several Power Five college football coaches who have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks. Florida State coach Mike Norvell missed his team's loss to Miami on Sept. 26 after testing positive, while Kansas coach Les Miles has missed the Jayhawks' game against West Virginia after testing positive for the virus. On Saturday, Florida coach Dan Mullen announced he tested positive for the virus, as well. Alabama coach Nick Saban tested positive last week but subsequently tested negative three times and was able to coach during the Crimson Tide's win over Georgia last night.
Brohm, 49, is entering his fourth season as Purdue's coach. He's amassed a 17-21 record at the school after going 30-10 during three seasons as Western Kentucky's coach.