With Big Ten football programs returning to play later this month amid the pandemic, certain coaching staffs are taking precautions. At Ohio State, some coaches are not staying at home to help limit the risk of COVID-19 entering the program, coach Ryan Day said.
“I don’t think people realize the sacrifices everyone is making to play a season,” Day said Friday, via ESPN.
“Didn’t put any guidelines in place or tell somebody how to handle their business at all,” Day said. “We just talked about how having school-aged children who are going to school is a risk. They’re at school, they’re exposed. Some of the sports leagues are still going on and they’re playing. It’s an exposure, it’s an unknown, so to be aware of it; each guy’s handling it their own way.
“It isn’t easy.”
There is no requirement for coaches on where to stay; they’re able to make their own decision, Day said. The school is testing players and staff members in “Tier 1” daily for the novel coronavirus.
Coaches who are not living at home are seeing their families in other ways, per ESPN, like in outdoor settings with everyone wearing masks. Day said he wears a mask when he’s inside his home.
Ohio State kicks off its season Oct. 24 at home against Nebraska. The schedule covers nine consecutive weeks with no open dates. Per conference regulations, if a player tests positive for COVID-19 he will miss at least 21 days before returning to competition.
Day said it’s nice to feel safe in the practice facility, but “once you leave here, everything changes.”
“Honestly, it’s scary because it can ruin your whole season just like that with one day, with one exposure.”
Penn State head coach James Franklin said in July his family was going to stay in Florida during the football season while he was in State College. His daughter has sickle cell disease and he said he didn’t want to risk her getting infected.
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