Michigan State’s Tom Izzo has the coronavirus

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Michigan State legendary men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo has announced that he has tested positive for the virus. He has been isolated from his team.

He showed a presumptive positive test on Monday morning. Then, after being tested with a PCR test, it confirmed the initial positive test.

Tom Izzo talks to his players at practice as his team amps up for the upcoming 2020-21 season
Tom Izzo talks to his players at practice as his team amps up for the upcoming 2020-21 season (Photo by Michigan State Basketball/Instagram)

Izzo has to be away from the team for at least 10-days. He cannot return to the team until Tuesday, November 17th after he had onset symptoms on Saturday, November 7th.

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” Izzo said in a statement. “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.

“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. 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.”

The 65-year-old has been the Michigan State head coach since 1995. He has a 628-241 record.

In addition, he also guided the Spartans to the 200 NCAA March Madness Tournament. He also guided his team to eight Final Four appearances in 1999, 2000, 20021, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015, and 2019.

He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016.

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