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Bret Bielema will miss Saturday’s Illinois football game at Iowa

Illinois coach tests positive for coronavirus after getting booster shot

Bret Bielema will miss Saturday’s Illinois football game at Iowa

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Illinois football coach Bret Bielema has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss his team's game at No. 18 Iowa on Saturday.

Bielema said Tuesday he was tested for the coronavirus Monday night after developing mild symptoms during the day.

“I'm disappointed that I will not be with our team this week when we travel to Iowa, but I'm grateful that I'm vaccinated and received the booster shot last week,” he said in a statement.

Bielema said without elaborating that “through technology” he would be “as present as possible.” Assistant head coach George McDonald will be in charge during Bielema's absence.

Bielema, a former Iowa player and assistant coach, said he hoped to return to the team next week.

Athletics director Josh Whitman said the athletics department medical staff was monitoring the team and that precautions have been taken to limit a potential spread within the program.

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Illinois head coach Bret Bielema, watching his players walk off the field last month, will miss Saturday’s game at Iowa after testing positive for coronavirus. (Associated Press)