Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of game vs. Kansas

Texas Tech announced Thursday that head football coach Matt Wells has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Red Raiders (3-6, 2-6 Big 12) are scheduled to host Kansas for an 11 a.m. kickoff on Saturday in Lubbock.

”Texas Tech received notification earlier this morning that Coach Wells tested positive for COVID-19. At this time, Coach Wells has returned home to self-isolate and will continue his duties remotely leading into Saturday’s game against Kansas,” the school said in a statement.

“He will remain in the Big 12′s testing guidelines in order to confirm the positive test. In the case Wells is unable to lead the Red Raiders on Saturday, defensive coordinator Keith Patterson will serve in the head coach capacity.”

Wells is 7-14 since taking over the Red Raiders, who after a big comeback of their own to beat Baylor on a game-ending field goal in their last home game three weeks ago lost 50-44 at No. 19 Oklahoma State last week.

Familiar with the effects of the coronavirus, no other school has played more than Kansas’ 21 true freshmen in this pandemic-affected season when players don’t lose a season of eligibility even if they get on the field. Six freshmen started on offense for the Jayhawks last week against TCU.

The Jayhawks currently have a 12-game losing streak since a 37-34 win over Texas Tech on Oct. 26, 2019. However, Kansas hasn’t won in Lubbock since an overtime victory in 2001.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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SMU quarterback Shane Buechele (7) hands the ball off to running back Ulysses Bentley IV (26) during the second half of a game against Temple on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)

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