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Toledo announces head coach Jason Candle tests positive for COVID-19


It’s been a trying past couple of weeks for Jason Candle and the Toledo football program.

Earlier this month, Rockets defensive lineman Jahneil Douglas was shot and killed in the city.  Now, Wednesday afternoon, Toledo announced that its head football coach has tested positive for COVID-19.  According to the school, Candle was exposed to the virus by an individual outside of the athletic department who also tested positive.  That person was not identified.

Candle will be self-isolating at home for a period of 10 days.  As of now, the coach is not experiencing any symptoms.

It’s believed that Candle is the first FBS head coach to test positive for COVID-19.

“The University of Toledo will work with the Lancaster County Health Department to determine if any further steps are required,” the school stated in its release. “Candle will return to work after meeting the isolation guidelines.”

The 40-year-old Candle is getting set to enter his fifth season at Toledo.  In the first four, the Rockets went 34-19.

“I recently tested positive for COVID-19,” a statement from Jason Candle began. “Fortunately, I have not experienced any symptoms.  I appreciate all the doctors and medical workers who are on the front lines battling the virus.  I look forward to returning to the team after meeting safety guidelines. Go Rockets!”

Toledo is coming off a 6-6 2019 football campaign.  That marked the worst record for the Rockets since going 5-7 in 2009.  UT has won 13 games the past two seasons.  That’s the fewest for the MAC school since eight wins in 2007-08.

Toledo defensive lineman Jahneil Douglas killed in overnight shooting

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UPDATED 10:05 a.m. ET: The athletic department at the University of Toledo has confirmed the passing of Jahneil Douglas.

“The University and all of Rocket Nation mourn the death of junior football player Jahneil Douglas, who was shot in an incident in Toledo last night.”

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Sadly, tragedy has struck the Toledo football program.

WTOL-TV in Toledo is reporting that one man was shot dead in the city very late Tuesday night.  The shooting occurred outside of a Gino’s Pizza and was the culmination of a fight between two individuals.

According to that television station’s sports director, Jordan Strack, Toledo football player Jahneil Douglas was the man killed in the shooting.  Thus far, there’s been no comment from the Rockets football program or head coach Jason Candle on the junior defensive lineman’s reported passing.

From the station’s report:

Police say casings were found scattered in the parking lot and at least one car was hit by gunfire.

The restaurant has video surveillance near where the shooting happened. There is no word on any arrests as of yet.

Douglas was a two-star member of the Toledo football Class of 2018.  The 6-3, 300-pound lineman played his high school football in the city of Toledo.  On the 247Sports.com composite, Douglas was rated as the No. 116 player in the state of Ohio regardless of position.

As a true freshman, Douglas appeared in five games.  This past season, Douglas played in seven.  He was credited with a pair of tackles in those appearances.

Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to all of those impacted by Douglas’ tragic passing.