Ohio state coach Ryan Day tests positive for COVID-19, Buckeyes’ game against Illinois has been canceled

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The Ohio state game against Illinois No. 4 scheduled for Saturday has been canceled. The programs were announced on Friday evening, less than 14 hours before kick-off. The decision to cancel the game, which was scheduled for noon ET, came after that Ohio State Trainer Ryan Day tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week.

The day’s positive test was part of an “increased number of positive tests this week,” according to a statement released by the state of Ohio.

Ohio State deputy head / defensive coach Larry Johnson was due to serve as the Buckeyes’ interim coach on Saturday before the game was canceled.

The cancellation means that the state of Ohio will play a maximum of seven games this season before the College Football Playoff announces its participants on December 20th. If the Buckeyes cancel another game, they will not qualify for the Big Ten title under league protocols.

The Ohio state COVID-19 outbreak contrasts with the program’s earlier claim that it was “almost 0% positivity since Aug. 11”. Before the game was canceled, the Buckeyes had changed their travel plans because of the positive tests. Instead of flying to Illinois on Friday, the team planned to fly on Saturday morning and arrive a few hours before kick-off.

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