Searching for a coach from quarantine: President of South Carolina announces positive test
University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen announced he has tested positive for COVID-19.
“On Tuesday evening, I tested positive for the coronavirus,” Caslen tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “I’m in good health, and I’m continuing to work while isolating at home. My diagnosis reinforces the need for everyone to get COVID-19 tested regularly to protect yourself & your loved ones.”
Andy Shain of the Columbia Post and Courier followed up with South Carolina spokesman Larry Thomas for more details.
The university spokesperson shared that Caslen is asymptotic. The positive result came from a routine test. Caslen receives at least three COVID-19 tests per week.
Caslen is involved in South Carolina’s search for the next head football coach of the Gamecocks. Thomas told Shain that Caslen’s positive test “will not slow USC’s search for a permanent successor to football coach Will Muschamp.”
In other football matters related to Caslen’s test, Shain’s article notes that Caslen attended South Carolina’s football game against Missouri on Saturday and held a reception. People who attended the reception are part of contact tracing efforts, Thomas told Shain.
Thomas noted that Caslen has been conducting interviews via videoconferencing. Shain did not go as far as linking Thomas’ statement with reports that South Carolina has interviewed Louisiana’s Billy Napier (who has also been in COVID quarantine) and Coastal Carolina’s Jamey Chadwell.