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Michigan State University Basketball Head Coach Tom Izzo tests positive for COVID-19

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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo listens during an NCAA men's college basketball news conference in Washington, on Saturday, March 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Michigan State University Athletics announced Monday that men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo tested positive for COVID-19.

The athletics department said Izzo developed symptoms Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, and would be able to return to the team after a 10-day isolation period.

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. Although I have some minor symptoms, I remain in good health. I’ve been extremely diligent for many months now, wearing my mask in public and around the office, while adhering to social distancing guidelines. I’ve been racking my brain, trying to figure out if there was a time where I let my guard down for just an instance. And while I haven’t identified any area of exposure, what I have determined is that this shows the power of the virus. You’d be hard pressed to find a coach who’s taken more precautions than I have, following all the protocols put in place by our medical team, and yet I still contracted the virus,” Izzo said in a statement released on Twitter.

The Michigan State University Athletics said associate head coach Dwayne Stephens would run practices in Izzo’s absence.

“Technology will allow me to stay connected with my staff and our players, and I’ll have plenty of time to watch film. I’ll listen to our outstanding medical staff, and follow their directions and take all the steps necessary to return as soon as possible,” Izzo said.

Michigan State said there were no other members of the basketball program who have tested positive since the Big Ten testing began Oct. 26.

“I appreciate the support from my family, my team and the Michigan State fan base, but if I could ask for one favor, I’d urge everyone to continue to listen to the medical experts and follow their advice. I’m proof that no one is immune, but I still believe that there are steps everyone can take to reduce their chances of contracting the virus,” Izzo said.