VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (WBRC) - UPDATE: Vestavia Hills Coach Buddy Anderson said he is feeling a little bit better since he was diagnosed with COVID-19. He wants to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.
ORIGINAL: Vestavia Hills High School announced Tuesday it would suspend varsity football practice through August 20 after athletic staff monitored several students and coaches in the program who recently tested positive for COVID-19 or were in close contact with individuals who tested positive.
Vestavia’s legendary head coach Buddy Anderson, who says he will retire after this season, said he has tested positive for COVID-19. Anderson tells us he has a little bit of a cough and lost his sense of smell but otherwise is feeling fine.
“I’m sure I have to take better care of myself than these young people but you know..I’m not concerned because God is in control. I’m going to do what they tell me do to and just try to rest and hopefully be where I can start back in two weeks,” Anderson said.
The decision to suspend practice was based on the guidelines of the school system’s 2020 Reopening Plan, and in consultation with medical professionals associated with the team.
All varsity football activities will resume on Friday, August 21.
Due to the inability of the team to practice for an extended period, the Rebels’ first two games against Homewood and Mountain Brook have been canceled. School officials intend to add a game to the team’s schedule during Week 5, which was originally scheduled to be an off week.
All other school athletics practices and events are taking place as scheduled, school officials said.