Wake’s Clawson to isolate from wife for season due to virus

Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson plans to isolate himself from his wife, a cancer survivor, for the entire 2020 college football season, beginning with training camp on July 12.

Clawson told ESPN Thursday that his wife, Catherine, is at a higher risk for severe complications from the coronavirus because of her reduced white blood cell count. Clawson, 52, doesn’t anticipate returning home until the season ends.

“When I’m working on a daily basis, coaching 110 to 120 players and having a staff of 50, I don’t know how I could go home at night and honestly tell my wife I couldn’t have come in contact with (the coronavirus),” Clawson said. “I love coaching, but I love my wife more. There’s no way I’m going to do anything that would put her at risk.”

Catherine Clawson, who is now cancer-free, underwent chemotherapy and radiation treatments for breast cancer in 2017.

Clawson has posted a 36-40 record in six seasons at the helm of Wake Forest, which is slated to open its campaign Sept. 4 against Old Dominion.