Kansas coach Les Miles tests positive for COVID

Jesse Pantuosco
October 08, 2020 - 12:59 pm

Add another name to the growing list of prominent sports figures affected by COVID-19. Thursday the University of Kansas announced its head football coach, Les Miles, a one-time National Champion at LSU, has contracted the coronavirus. Despite his required absence from the team, the 66-year-old will do his best to stay involved during quarantine, working remotely in preparation for KU’s upcoming game at West Virginia on October 17.

“Today, I was notified that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am beginning the isolation process at my home and will continue to fulfill my head coach responsibilities remotely,” Miles said Thursday in a statement released by KU’s Athletic Department. “Thank you for your prayers and support in advance. I look forward to beating this virus and returning back to be with my team in person very soon. Rock Chalk!”

Director of Athletics Jeff Long is optimistic Miles will be on the sideline when the Jayhawks return to action in Morgantown next weekend. “As long as Coach Miles does not develop symptoms or have a fever, we anticipate he will be able to coach the West Virginia game on October 17,” said Long, who acknowledged Miles was the only coach on KU’s staff to test positive. “We wish Coach a speedy recovery and look forward to getting him back on the field very soon.”

It’s been a rough start for the Jayhawks, who have lost each of their first three games, falling to Coastal Carolina, Baylor and Oklahoma State by a combined 132-44 margin. This is only Miles’ second year in Lawrence following an 11-year stint at LSU, where he captured the 2007 National Championship. Miles’ 114 wins at LSU rank second in school history.

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