By WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — University of Minnesota football’s defensive coordinator Joe Rossi will not be coaching during Saturday’s game after he tested positive for COVID-19.

On Thursday, the team announced Rossi tested positive during one of Minnesota’s daily antigen testing periods this week. It was confirmed with a follow-up test.

“Upon diagnosis, he immediately returned home and started his isolation process while working remotely,” the team said in a statement. “No other members of Minnesota’s coaching staff have tested positive for COVID-19 during the team’s daily antigen testing this week.”

Joe Harasymiak, the defensive backs, safeties and co-defensive coordinator, will be calling the defense in Rossi’s absence.

The Golden Gophers take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

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