"We have continued to experience an increase in positive tests over the course of this week", Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said in a statement.
Ohio State football coach Ryan Day has tested positive for COVID-19 and won't be with the Buckeyes when they play at IL on Saturday. Our team wants to play this game, and we're going to do everything we can to help make this happen. "All of the decisions on the welfare of our student-athletes and staff members will continue to be guided by our medical staff". He will not be able to coach the team as it travels to take on IL. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson will be the team's interim coach.
"At this time the department of athletics can confirm an increased number of positive tests this week for the coronavirus", Ohio State said in a release.
The Buckeyes (4-0) already have had one Big Ten game canceled because of an outbreak at Maryland and have three left on the schedule, including at IL.
Day is the 19th major-college football coach this year to publicly acknowledge testing positive for the virus, including Alabama's Nick Saban earlier this week.
Ohio State has paused all activities for the football team.
Players who test positive are sidelined from games for a minimum of 21 days. Ohio State will now shift its focus to Michigan State when it travels to East Lansing next Saturday.
Across college football, 15 of the 58 games originally scheduled for this week have been postponed or canceled, though some replacements have been added.
Landis: OSU is now in danger of not meeting the required number of games to be eligible for the Big Ten Championship.
Illinois: QB Brandon Peters threw for one touchdown and ran for another in his first game in almost a month because of COVID-19. It's unclear exactly when he tested positive. They can only miss one more game and still be eligible for Big Ten Championship game to be played on December 18. The struggle comes with wondering whether six or seven total games would be enough for the selection committee to think the Buckeyes are among the four most deserving teams.