INDIANAPOLIS – Purdue Football head football coach Jeff Brohm plans to work remotely from his home, where he isolating, after he confirmed his positive COVID-19 test results with media during a Zoom call Monday morning.
The university announced Sunday afternoon he tested positive for the virus via an antigen test taken that morning.
Brohm said he took a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the positive antigen result. He received the positive PCR result Sunday night. It is unclear whether additional football staff members are impacted by Brohm’s positive results.
The 49-year-old said he began experiencing symptoms, including exhaustion, a few days before receiving his positive test results.
“I was abnormally tired and exhausted. I just thought that I was just tired from work. I didn’t really know for sure what was happening,” Brohm said. “It really wasn’t until Saturday did it really start to kick in. That’s when the cold chills, the sweating, the body aches, and little bit of chest tightness…I knew I was probably not in good shape right then.”
Brohm believes he contracted COVID-19 from family members.
“Some people in my family did contact the virus, so when that happened I isolated immediately and continued to isolate. Unfortunately, it got me,” he said. “Each person needs to understand whatever they believe, or don’t believe, it’s important you not only protect yourself, but others around you.”
Brohm said coaching from the sidelines “probably won’t happen” when the Boilermakers open their season against Iowa at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday. Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Brohm, Jeff’s brother, will be acting head coach.
“I’m not going to give up hope on any of that, but following the guidelines set forth, I don’t think I’ll be able to do that,” (Jeff) Brohm said.
Purdue athletic director Mike Bobinski said no players have tested positive for the virus since the team began daily testing September 30.
There have not been any conversations between the Big Ten Conference and Purdue about canceling Saturday’s game.
“Obviously, not ideal to not have Jeff as our head coach available. But, that has not been something that triggers a game cancellation,” Bobinski said.
The game kicks off at Ross-Ade Stadium at 3:30 p.m.