OSU-Illinois game canceled, Ryan Day tests positive for COVID-19

OSU-Illinois game canceled, Ryan Day tests positive for COVID-19
FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 file photo, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day watches from the sidelines during the first half of the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game against Clemson, in Glendale, Ariz. Clemson is preseason No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, a poll featuring nine Big Ten and Pac-12 teams that gives a glimpse at what’s already been taken from an uncertain college football fall by the pandemic. Ohio State was a close No. 2. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File) (Source: Rick Scuteri)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Ohio State’s scheduled football game against the University of Illinois has been canceled, the University of Illinois Football Twitter account announced Friday night.

The news comes hours after OSU said head football coach Ryan Day had tested positive for COVID-19.

The fourth-ranked Buckeyes were set to take on Illinois on the road Saturday.

OSU’s athletic department said Friday afternoon there had been an “increased number of positive tests this week for the coronavirus.”

More point of contact testing took place Friday, according to OSU. Because of this, the team had delayed its flight to Illinois until early Saturday.

Ohio State said Friday afternoon that even with the increased number of cases, it still had not met the threshold that would require the team to cancel the game.

Day is in isolation, the school says.

Assistant head coach/defensive line coach Lary Johnson had been tapped to be the interim head coach for the Buckeyes Saturday.

“I have spoken with Coach Day, and he is doing well physically,” Director of Athletics Gene Smith said Friday afternon. “I feel terrible for Coach and for the members of the program who have been diagnosed with a positive test. Coach Day and this team have been true leaders in handling things so well throughout this pandemic. Our team wants to play this game, and we’re going to do everything we can to help make this happen. All of the decisions on the welfare of our student-athletes and staff members will continue to be guided by our medical staff.”

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