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Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced Friday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Tennessee athletic director and former Vols football coach Phillip Fulmer said Friday he is in isolation after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.

Fulmer, 70, posted on Twitter that he is “feeling fine” and was deemed not to have been in close contact with any Tennessee athletes or “sport-specific staff members.”

Tennessee plays at No. 23 Auburn on Saturday.

Fulmer is a College Football Hall of Famer who coached the Vols for 17 years and led them to the national championship in 1998. He has been Tennessee’s athletic director since 2017.

Also Friday, Miami’s Manny Diaz became the latest active coach to announce he has contracted the virus, posting on Twitter that he’s isolating after contracting the illness.

Diaz, 46, said he will work virtually with the No. 12 Hurricanes until he can return to the field. He tweeted that he’s “feeling good overall.”

Miami is not scheduled to play again until Dec. 5 at Wake Forest. The Hurricanes this week were forced to postpone games scheduled for Saturday and Nov. 28 because of coronavirus issues.

Diaz was the second coach from a Power Five school to publicly acknowledge testing positive this week, following Maryland’s Mike Locksley. Locksley’s team also had its Saturday game called off because of coronavirus issues within the program.

As of Friday evening, 17 of the 62 games across major college football had been postponed or canceled. That’s the most disrupted games in any week of this season, one more than last week.

The latest addition was Washington State’s game at Stanford, which got canceled before the Cougars left for the Bay Area. The Cougars fell below the Pac-12 minimum of 53 scholarship players available because of positive coronavirus cases and contact tracing.

Among the other active coaches to have said they tested positive for the virus are Florida’s Dan Mullen, Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, Arizona’s Kevin Sumlin, Kansas’ Les Miles and Troy’s Chip Lindsey, who will not be with his team when the Trojans play Middle Tennessee on Saturday. Alabama coach Nick Saban also tested positive, but did not miss a game after that result was later deemed false.

Elsewhere in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Pittsburgh said its players will be outfitted with face coverings to use on the field and sideline during its home game against Virginia Tech on Saturday, in accordance with recent guidelines handed down by state officials in Pennsylvania.

Pitt later clarified that players will not be required to pull up the face coverings while they are competing.

In a statement, Penn State said the new orders include exceptions for competition to be played without face coverings “in the context of rigorous and stringent university and Big Ten testing, health and safety protocols.” The Nittany Lions host Iowa on Saturday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said more than 1 million coronavirus cases have been diagnosed in the United States in the past week alone.

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