UAlbany Has Suspended All Men’s Basketball Activities
The rollercoaster that is the 2020 college athletics landscape has taken another dip. The UAlbany athletic department has temporarily suspended all Men's Basketball activities due to a "presumptively positive COVID-19 test for an individual associated with the program."
It seems that every time we start to get comfortable with the idea that some of our favorite sports and favorite teams will get to move forward something happens. This time it's still unclear just how long this suspension of basketball activities will last but with any luck, this is just a hiccup on the way to the UAlbany season beginning as scheduled when the Great Danes are set to host Marist on November 28th.
A Press release from the school is calling this "an abundance of caution":
The Athletic Department took this action after it learned on Tuesday that an individual associated with the men's team was part of a pool of tests that came back presumptively positive for COVID-19 during routine pooled surveillance testing.
This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution while the University awaits the results of diagnostic testing to confirm the result. The individual is currently in isolation, and no other teams' activities are affected at this time. A determination on a resumption of basketball activity will be made pending additional test results.
Certain buzz phrases will forever make me shudder following this year "abundance of caution", "the new normal", "social distancing", "flatten the curve", "bubble" and "masks required" are top of my personal list.