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Ohio University coach Bob Boldon speaks to players during the Ohio versus Toledo game in The Convocation Center on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. Ohio won the match 86-58. (FILE)

Women's Basketball: Bob Boldon tests positive for COVID-19, will not coach today

When the Bobcats return to the court to face Kent State in a couple hours, they’ll be without their leader. 

Ohio coach Bob Boldon announced in a statement on Friday that he tested positive for COVID-19 last week before Ohio’s game against Kent State  — originally scheduled for Dec.5 —  was postponed. The Mid-American Conference never announced why the Bobcats’ (2-0) MAC opener was canceled, but news of Boldon’s positive test and the ongoing COVID issues at Kent State have proven to be probable reasons. 

Boldon is the first Ohio coach to announce a positive test.  

Ohio vs. Kent State was rescheduled for Dec. 11 at 2 p.m., but Boldon won’t be leading the charge. Instead, it’ll be Boldon’s longtime assistant Tavares Jackson. Jackson was promoted to Associate Head Coach in 2019 and has been with Boldon since his days at Youngstown State. 

Jackson will have his work cut out for him against the the Golden Flashes, last season Ohio and Kent State split their season series. Kent State won their last meeting 81-77 on March 4.


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