Penn State's James Franklin says his family will be in Florida during football season because of coronavirus risk
Penn State coach James Franklin plans to spend the 2020 soccer season outside of his family.
Franklin told Bryant Gumbel in an episode of HBO's "Real Sports" on Tuesday evening that his family would stay in Florida during the season while Franklin was training at State College. The decision, he said, was made because his daughter has sickle cell disease and Franklin does not want to risk that she becomes infected with coronavirus.
"I have two daughters. My youngest daughter has sickle cell disease, which has changed the dynamics of our family," said Franklin. "My wife and children will stay in Florida for the season and I will be in Happy Valley just because we think that this is right for my sickle cell daughter. "
As you can imagine, it was not an easy decision.
"There were many tears, there were many emotions when I talked to my daughters," said Franklin. "Much heartache about it."
In the college's sports departments across the country, athletes and employees are tested positive for coronavirus as facilities are open and players return to voluntary training sessions. At least two schools - Houston and Kansas State - had to stop training for players due to coronavirus outbreaks.
The programs will try to use social distance protocols for workouts and exercises as much as possible, but there is still an obvious risk for players and other team members to become infected with corona virus outside of football activities. Over 20 players at Clemson tested positive for corona virus, and at least 30 players at LSU were quarantined after either testing positive for the virus or contacting someone who tested positive.
Penn State athletes began voluntary training sessions on June 16.
Penn State's James Franklin says he will be separated from his family in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo / Barry Reeger)
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Nick Bromberg is an author for Yahoo Sports.
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