Kansas football coach Les Miles has tested positive for COVID-19, he and athletic director Jeff Long announced Thursday.

Miles, who will turn in 67 in November, is in his second season as KU coach.

“Today, I was notified that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I am beginning the isolation process at my home and will continue to fulfill my head coach responsibilities remotely,” Miles said in a statement.

“Although I will not physically be able to attend practice for the time being, I will be using the technology available for remote working to stay connected during staff meetings, meetings with players, etc.,” Miles added, noting, “Thank you for your prayers and support in advance. I look forward to beating this virus and returning back to be with my team in person very soon. Rock Chalk!”

In his own statement, Long said: “Coach Miles has tested positive for COVID-19 through our surveillance testing. At this time, we believe he will be able to continue to perform his head coaching duties. Based on the other test results, no other coaches tested positive. As long as Coach Miles does not develop symptoms or have a fever, we anticipate he will be able to coach the West Virginia game on Oct. 17.

“Kansas Team Health is working through the contact tracing protocols and notifying those individuals that may have been in close contact with him for an extended period of time. We wish Coach a speedy recovery and look forward to getting him back on the field very soon.”

Miles, when asked about injuries on the KU team by host Brian Hanni during Hawk Talk on Wednesday at Johnny’s Tavern, said that he had “a cold.”

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