‘Full warning’ - older hoops coaches at work in a pandemic
By admin - August 12, 2020

The coronavirus is still out here in full effect. Rick Barnes thought he was in the clear with COVID, but life said otherwise. Here are the highlights:

  • The Tennessee coach should’ve been more cautious, especially when his Michigan state counterpart Tom Izzo  was contacting him and letting him know he was going through the same thing.
  • A week into his quarantine, Barnes began losing his appetite and felt lethargic just like Izzo told him.
  • Barnes said Izzo gave him a warning of what’s to come ahead during this sickness. Barnes being 66 is at a very vulnerable age and Izzo let him know the real deal.
  • Barnes, Izzo and Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim are among the coaches 65 and up who have contracted COVID-19. While it’s a bit easier on the average Joe to isolate, coaches have to travel, work indoors, and other things that can make it difficult to recovery properly.
  • Coach Lon Kruger of Oklahoma Sooners has been spared so far, but that doesn’t mean he’s not taking it seriously. He says, “..the university continuously reminds us to be careful and follow the recommendations.” Wearing a mask is a part of it.
  • Dr. George Monks, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, said that fans also need to follow protocol as a way to protect the coaches and players.
  • It’s time to be careful to help lower the spread. All the coaches and players at risk if proper precaution isn’t taken seriously.
  • People like Rutgers Coach C. Vivian Stringer is afraid because her daughter has a lifelong condition that can be detrimental if she catches COVID, so she has to really be careful around her.
  • At the end of the day, it’s about minimizing the risks as much as possible.