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USU coach Craig Smith tests positive for COVID-19

Utah State coach Craig Smith gestures during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against San Diego State, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

(Gregory Bull, AP Photo)



LOGAN β€” Craig Smith will be watching from home when his team battles Brigham Young on Saturday.

The Utah State head basketball coach has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the home opener against the Cougars, USU announced Wednesday.

"It will be difficult watching from a distance, but I know our team is in great hands with our coaching staff. Our program has always been led by our student-athletes. This doesn't change a thing," Smith said.

Smith is not currently experiencing any symptoms of the disease.

"I'm looking forward to returning to the sidelines when our protocols deem it safe for everyone involved," Smith said. "I am pumped for our home opener on Saturday night."

At the moment, the game doesn't appear to be in danger of not being played. In fact, the Aggies will begin selling a limited number of tickets β€” 1,628 to be exact β€”for the contest beginning Thursday.

Season-ticket holders will get the first crack at the seats on Thursday. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m.

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