KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Despite the COVID-19 diagnoses, Kansas football head coach Les Miles is still preparing the team for their match against West Virginia.
The university reported that Miles tested positive for coronavirus last Thursday. On Sunday, Miles tweeted a video updating his condition, stating his health was “pretty good.”
Players were made aware of their head coach’s health a during team meeting last week.
“You know, when he initially told us we were all kind of shocked, I mean, who wouldn't be?” sophomore linebacker Nick Channel said Monday during a video conference with reporters. “We weren't really sure what was going to go on and we were kind of in the dark for a little bit, but ultimately we've got a job to do.”
With the virtual nature of the year, things aren’t too out of the ordinary for 2020. Miles is still able to connect with the team through Zoom.
“We’ve been doing virtual meetings since March when the COVID lockdown started, so he’s still interacting with us and he looks like he’s in good spirits,” senior offensive lineman Api Mane said. “He’s still doing what coach Miles does. Coach Miles is a very good leader and he motivates us no matter what the situation is.”
Jeff Long, Kansas athletic director, said in a statement that as long as Miles does not develop symptoms or have a fever, they anticipate he will be able to coach the West Virginia game on Oct. 17.