TAMPA, Fla. — College football coaches have to deal with hundreds of different scenarios during a normal off-season.
This week's pair of positive COVID-19 tests are just another curveball for the first-year head coach. Now he's trying to plan for what happens if another positive test hits the locker room when things get back to normal.
"If one of your quarterbacks were to test positive for COVID, and he’s been sitting in a room with the other four quarterbacks. Do all of them have to quarantine for 14 days?" Scott wondered. "It may be a little harder to go to practice and play a game without a quarterback."
Scott says he's in constant contact with the team's medical staff, athletic director Michael Kelly and the American Athletic Conference.
"Trying to stay one step ahead. Try to find some answers to some of the problems that do exist," he said.
Scott said one of his most important meetings of the off-season took place on a Zoom call with the parents of his players. He said the call was very positive, and the medical staff provided information and answered questions about the safety of student-athletes.
"They definitely had some really good questions that you would expect. I felt through those calls, they appreciated that we reached out to communicate with them directly. And number two, I think they are very comfortable with the answers we’ve given," he said.
The team will continue with voluntary workouts in the newly-built outdoor training facility. They will be in groups less than 10, and Scott said they'll continue to follow guidelines set by medical professionals.