Washington State coach Smith tests positive for COVID-19

Washington State coach Kyle Smith tested positive for COVID-19, the university announced Wednesday.

Smith will likely miss the season opener against visiting Texas Southern on Nov. 25, according to the school.

Washington State said the 51-year-old Smith had a positive result earlier this week that was later confirmed by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test.

“I was informed last night that I had tested positive for COVID-19 after experiencing some minor symptoms,” Smith said in the news release. “I will continue to follow the advice of our medical staff and follow their guidance to get back to the team as soon as possible. I will continue to stay connected remotely and know our staff and players will work diligently leading into our first game next week. Go Cougs!”

Assistant Jim Shaw will serve as acting coach until Smith returns.

Washington State’s second game is at home against Eastern Washington on Nov. 28.

The Cougars went 16-16 last season in Smith’s first campaign. He also coached Columbia for six seasons (2010-16) and San Francisco (2016-19) for three and has a 180-138 career record.

Other coaches that have tested positive for COVID-19 recently include Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Ole Miss’ Kermit Davis.

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