Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin tests positive for COVID-19
Auburn announced Friday that head football coach Bryan Harsin tested positive for COVID-19 and will be isolating at home.
Harsin, 44, is asymptomatic and was said to have tested positive on Thursday. In July, he declined to reveal his vaccination status when asked.
He is in his first season at Auburn after serving as the head coach at Boise State for the past seven seasons. Harsin will turn over in-person head coaching duties to assistant head coach Jeff Schmedding.
“As we have navigated through the pandemic, contingency plans have been in place should a situation like this arise,” Harsin said in a release. “We prepared for this.”
Auburn opens its 2021 season Sept. 4 at home against Akron.
“Just like in a game, teams that handle adversity and make necessary adjustments are those that are most successful,” Harsin said. “I have full confidence in our coaching staff and team. I know they will continue to prepare with the same intensity and focus that they have since camp started.”
In eight seasons as a head coach, Harsin is 76-24 with both Arkansas State and Boise State, while going 4-2 in bowl games, all with Boise State. He was 7-5 in 2013 at Arkansas State before moving on to coach the Broncos.
–Field Level Media