Sun Belt head coach, former Auburn assistant out Saturday after testing positive for COVID
Troy will host Middle Tennessee State in a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon. The Trojans’ head coach, though, won’t be on the sideline with them.
Chip Lindsey has tested positive for the coronavirus and will be self-isolated while he recovers, with special teams coordinator Brian Blackmon filling in for the day.
According to a report from AL.com’s Creg Stephenson, Lindsey’s symptoms are “very mild”.
“While this is a situation that we had hoped we wouldn’t have to account for this season, it is something that we’ve had a comprehensive plan in place for since the start of preseason camp,” Lindsey said in a statement. “We have great leadership on our team, and we have already overcome a lot of adversity to get to this point of the season.”
Lindsey is the former offensive coordinator at Auburn, serving in the role under Gus Malzahn in 2017 and 2018 before being hired at Troy. His overall record thus far is 9-10, with the Trojans at 4-3 this year.
This is Troy’s first game since a 20-13 loss to Georgia Southern on Nov. 7. It was to play nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina on Nov. 14, but the game was moved to Dec. 12 due in part to positive COVID tests among several Trojan players.