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Fearing COVID exposure, coaches live separate from family

The 2020 football season has undoubtedly been dotted with sacrifices and flexibility. That has been apparent. But what is less talked about are the changes that many coaches have had to make at home.

Concerns of exposing their families to the virus have prompted some coaches to make different living arrangements for this season.

Earlier this summer Penn State's James Franklin said that he would live separately from his family because his daughter is considered high risk. Franklin's daughter Addison is 12 years old and lives with Sickle cell disease. The family told Bryant Gumbel they planned to stay at their home in Florida while he remained north to coach.

The Franklin family is certainly not the only family that has made COVID related adjustments. Like Franklin, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said this summer that he would spend the season away from his family as his wife is considered high risk.

Today, Ohio State coach Ryan Day said that many coaches on his staff are not sleeping at home out of concern of exposing their families to the virus. Day told ESPN, "I don’t know if anybody realizes the sacrifices everybody is making to play this season." Not being able to see their family or stay in their own home sure seems like something that not many people realize that coaches are doing in order to protect their families and still do their duties as coaches.

It is not easy being a coaching family and it's even less easy during this unprecedented season.We hope everyone stays safe and good luck to everyone playing this weekend.

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