Troy University announced on Nov. 20 that head football coach Chip Lindsey has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not coach the Trojans this weekend.
While Lindsey tested positive, Troy’s game with Middle Tennessee will still be played as scheduled on Nov. 21. Assistant coach and special teams coordinator Brian Blackmon will serve as Troy’s interim head coach until Lindsey returns.
Troy tests the entire Trojan staff and roster of players every Wednesday. Lindsey is said to be experiencing “very mild symptoms” and is self-isolating away from the team.
“I am obviously disappointed that I won’t be able to be at the Vet and with our team Saturday,” Lindsey said in a statement. “While this is a situation that we had hoped we wouldn’t have to account for this season, it is something that we’ve had a comprehensive plan in place for since the start of preseason camp.
“We have great leadership on our team, and we have already overcome a lot of adversity to get to this point of the season. I have the utmost confidence in our players and staff that they will navigate the coming days without skipping a beat.”
Blackmon has served as Troy’s special teams coordinator since 2019 and previously coached the tight ends in 2018 at Troy. He also served as an offensive analyst at Auburn before coming to Troy.
Blackmon – a Montgomery native – was also a coach at Opelika High School for 21 years, serving as head coach from 2009 until 2016. Opelika won the Class 6A State Championship in 2012 and 2016 under Blackmon. He was also the offensive coordinator at Opelika for 13 years before becoming head coach.