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Sports Scotty Walden, interim head coach at Southern Miss, tests positive for COVID-19

03:00  21 october  2020
03:00  21 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Walden tested positive Tuesday morning, and his status for Saturday's game at Liberty is unclear.

The coach left the Duff Athletic Center, which houses Southern Miss football players, staff, coaches from all of the other sports as well as administrative staff, to self-isolate at home after receiving the positive test.

“Earlier this morning I tested positive for COVID-19,” Walden said in a statement. “I am fine and have mild to no symptoms. I am quarantining back home until it is safe to rejoin the team. I want to thank Golden Eagle Nation for all of their support for our program during this difficult period. I want to thank our players and staff for continuing to be incredibly resilient during such an unstable time.

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“Our team will continue to work diligently in preparation for our game this Saturday against Liberty.”

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The Golden Eagles had to postpone last week's game at UTEP after 20-plus players would have missed the game due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact-tracing.

"Everybody's dealing with [COVID-19]," Walden said on Monday. "When one person gets it, it can spread like wildfire in terms of knocking players out."

The coach also said he expected many of the players who had to quarantine last week to return to the field this week.

"That's why we're very hopeful to play this weekend against Liberty," Walden said. "I feel like we're in a good spot right now. We're going to test every day this week once again. And we're going to make sure that you know we're on top of it."

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Saturday's game at Liberty is expected to still take place. It will be Southern Miss' first game since Oct. 3, when the 1-3 Golden Eagles got their first win by knocking off North Texas on the road.

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