Ahead of opener vs. Iowa, Purdue coach Jeff Brohm tests presumed positive for COVID-19

Mike Carmin
Lafayette Journal & Courier

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm returned a presumed positive COVID-19 result during the team's daily antigen testing protocols Sunday, the school announced. 

The football program is awaiting confirmation via a PCR test, which could take up to 24 hours.  

According to the press release, Brohm informed his coaching staff and team Sunday afternoon and is currently at home in isolation.

Brohm and the Boilermakers are scheduled to begin the 2020 season — along with the rest of the Big Ten — Saturday. Purdue hosts Iowa at Ross-Ade Stadium. 

The Boilermakers were conducting practice at the time the school issued the press release. 

Brohm, who is beginning his fourth season with the Boilermakers, is scheduled to hold his weekly press conference Monday via a Zoom call. 

Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm gives a thumbs-up to fans as he leaves the field following an NCAA college football game against Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Purdue won 42-28.

Purdue and other Big Ten programs began daily testing of its players on Sept. 30 in advance of the 2020 season. 

Brohm isn't the first college football coach to return a positive COVID-19 test. 

Alabama's Nick Saban tested positive for the virus on Wednesday but had no symptoms related to COVID-19. Saban immediately isolated at home after receiving the positive test. 

Saban tested negative for another two tests on Thursday and Friday from a different lab. He was cleared following negative results Saturday. 

"In accordance with the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol and with the approval of The University of Alabama System Health and Safety Task Force, Coach Saban is medically cleared to safely return to activity effective immediately," said Dr. Jimmy Robinson, the team's physician, in a statement last week.

"Upon evaluation today, Coach Saban remains completely asymptomatic. To address the potential for a false positive, the SEC Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force Protocol allows for follow-up testing to clear the individual's return to activity. That protocol requires three negative PCR tests 24 hours apart."

Florida coach Dan Mullen announced Saturday he had tested positive for COVID-19.