University of Toledo coach Jason Candle has tested positive for the coronavirus, making him the first coach of an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision team to reveal it publicly.
Toledo made the announcement Wednesday, saying Candle, 40, will be self-isolating at home for the next 10 days after being exposed to someone outside the athletic department who tested positive for the virus.
"I appreciate all the doctors and medical workers who are on the front lines battling the virus," Candle said in a prepared statement, according to the Toledo Blade. "I look forward to returning to the team after meeting safety guidelines."
While several major football programs, including Ohio State, have halted activities in recent weeks due to positive tests, Toledo has not suspended its voluntary workouts in the wake of Candle's diagnosis.
Candle has been the head coach at Toledo for the past four seasons, leading the Rockets to a 34-19 record and three bowl bids. He was named MAC Coach of the Year in 2017 following an 11-3 season and a conference title.
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