University of Arizona football coach Kevin Sumlin tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 11:48 AM, Oct 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 19:28:04-04

Arizona Wildcats football coach Kevin Sumlin has tested positive for COVID-19, the university says.

Sumlin, who has not experienced symptoms, has entered self-isolation. Contact tracing is underway, and no close contacts were identified within the football program.

“My family and I have been aggressive in our efforts to remain safe and healthy throughout the past seven months," Sumlin said in a statement. "My positive test result, while a shock, is a stark reminder of how we must all remain vigilant in our focus on hand-washing, physical distancing and face coverings. I am feeling well and will be engaged in our ramp-up activities on a virtual basis until I complete the isolation protocol. I look forward to being back on field in time to begin preparing for the season. We are all grateful to Dr. Stephen Paul and his entire football medical team who work hard day-in and day-out to ensure our student-athletes and staff are safe and healthy.”

The UA football schedule remains on track, with preseason practice set to start Oct. 9.

Arizona opens its seven-game season Nov. 7 at Utah.