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Coronavirus Pandemic Impacts

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Pablo, May 13, 2020.

  1. Pablo

    Pablo Hall of Famer

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    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2020/12/21/college-sports-relocate-coronavirus-restrictions/:

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    Members of the New Mexico State men's basketball team eat lunch at the Phoenix resort where they're spending this season after the state barred them from playing and practicing back home. (New Mexico State Athletics)


    "Jans’s New Mexico State team, meanwhile, has been holed up at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa, a stay Athletic Director Mario Moccia estimates will cost the public university at least $100,000.

    'It’s my duty to try to do everything I can to follow through on those promises to the student-athletes and their parents,' Moccia said, 'to give them an opportunity to compete.'

    Lately, though, they haven’t even been able to do that. Two positive coronavirus tests forced the team recently to shut down for nearly two weeks. Without a game since Dec. 1 and three straight cancellations, the only opportunities to compete have been playing Connect 4 and NBA 2K. The losers have to do push-ups.

    'At some point, even if you don’t admit it publicly, every coach has to question internally: Is this the right thing?' Jans said. 'Is this worth it?'"
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    I wonder if Paulsen is pushing this idea for Mason at this point to try to save his job.
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    https://www.usatoday.com/story/spor...-keyontae-johnson-heart-condition/4040170001/:

    "College basketball is plowing through the Christmas break, to whatever extent it can, with high-profile games lined up on Saturday and conference play beginning in earnest next week. From there, it’s full speed ahead to the NCAA tournament, minus a COVID-19 outbreak or a few dozen, so that college sports can secure the television money needed to keep the whole enterprise afloat.

    But the specter of Florida’s Keyontae Johnson's terrifying on-court collapse Dec. 12 and subsequent hospitalization lingers over the sport, now more than ever after the Gainesville Sun reported this week that he has been diagnosed with acute myocarditis, which is a dangerous form of heart inflammation. "

    "The concern is that undetected myocarditis in a high-level athlete can lead to heart failure or sudden death, and while other viruses can cause it, doctors are still learning whether the rate is higher with COVID-19 in young, healthy people.

    The revelation that Johnson had COVID-19 this summer and that he was diagnosed with acute myocarditis after one of the scariest scenes you’ll ever see on a basketball court brings the issue back to the forefront. As uncomfortable as it is to speculatively link the two, it’s more uncomfortable not to know whether schools and conferences are doing enough to prevent it from happening to someone
    else."
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    https://citadelsports.com/news/2020...e-citadel-mens-basketball-game-postponed.aspx:

    "SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wednesday's Southern Conference men's basketball game between UNC Greensboro and The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, has been postponed due to positive COVID tests and quarantine requirements within The Citadel's program.

    Wednesday's game was set to be the league opener for both squads. UNCG (5-3) will now open its SoCon slate Saturday at 5 p.m. Eastern when it hosts ETSU for the Ingles SoCon Game of the Week on select Nexstar affiliates. The Citadel (7-0), off to its best start since opening the 1919-20 campaign 11-0, is next scheduled to visit Western Carolina on Saturday at 1 p.m."


    Check out the Citadel's OOC schedule - https://citadelsports.com/sports/mens-basketball/schedule.
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    https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/30628788/nba-require-players-wear-sensors-part-contact-tracing:

    "The NBA is planning to roll out an ambitious aspect of its leaguewide contact tracing program by requiring players and many team staffers to wear sensor devices during all team-organized activities outside of games starting Jan. 7, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN.

    Only Tier 1 and Tier 2 individuals -- designations outlined in the league's health and safety protocols that include players and specific staff members, such as coaches -- will be required to wear Kinexon SafeZone contact sensor devices on the team plane, the team bus, during practices and to and from the arena or their home practice facility in connection with team travel, the memo states."

    "The memo states that the sensors will record "the distance and duration of in-person interactions" with others who are wearing a sensor, which the NBA believes will aid in its contact tracing reviews in instances of positive coronavirus cases. Such reviews will also include interviews of players and staff members, as well as potentially examining camera footage at team facilities, to better understand who might have been exposed to an infected individual.

    One health official with direct knowledge of the situation noted that the sensors should significantly help in better determining which players or staff might need to be quarantined should the situation arise."
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    With VCU and SLU both on pause maybe we CAN make top 4.
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    https://richmond.com/sports/college...cle_e852026c-58b3-57dc-9adc-7ce55cb39dc1.html:

    "The VCU men’s basketball team’s scheduled game against Davidson Saturday afternoon was postponed Saturday morning due to a COVID-19 issue within the Rams’ program.

    VCU was scheduled to host the Wildcats at 2:30 p.m., in the team’s second game of Atlantic 10 league play.

    But the program will now have to pause due to COVID-19 protocols. There have been no decisions on the Rams’ upcoming games. They’re scheduled to play at George Mason on Wednesday."

    I'm guessing that VCU's scheduled home game vs. Davidson will be rescheduled to be played back-to-back at Davidson. And, if Wednesday's scheduled Mason game is postponed, it could be rescheduled to be played back-to-back at the Siegal Center.
  12. GMUgemini

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    I would not agree to that if I were Mason.
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    Absolutely not! I'm not sure if we have any say in scheduling, but why would we ever agree to play back-to-back games at VCU if we do have a choice? We are only two hours away from one another, so there is no reason why VCU couldn't come here the day before or after our game down there.
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    In my post, I wrote: "it could be rescheduled to be played back-to-back at the Siegal Center." I wrote it this way because I don't know how much additional travel will be reasonably justified during this pandemic.
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    One interesting fact is that we're only 3 - 8 against VCU under DP but two of the wins are at the Siegal Center.
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    Under Paulsen and Hewitt, I have gained an appreciation for the much maligned “home court disadvantage” theory...
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    LaSalle and Mason both have next Wednesday's games postponed due to covid. Wonder if they reschedule LaSalle/Mason from already established date? Logistics may get too complicated to do stuff like that.
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    The Patriot League’s entire schedule is back-to-back, home-and-home games on Saturdays and Sundays. For example, Bucknell plays at Navy today and Navy will play at Bucknell tomorrow.

    If the Patriot League can schedule these home and home games on consecutive weekend days, the A-10 should be able to figure it out as well.
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    But, the A10 did not schedule its conference games back-to-back, and home-and-home on weekends. Now, it's a question of how best to reschedule games while minimizing the risks of contracting the virus.

    I'm not saying that Mason vs. VCU must be played back-to-back in the Siegal Center if Wednesday's game is postponed. But, I would guess that it would be under consideration.
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  20. mkaufman1

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    If they do back to back at vcu this year (not sure how I could handle that), then I hope next year mason gets two home games. Not sure if that’s how it works but I hope they consider that.

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