PSU men’s program on hold because of COVID-19

From Mirror reports

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team has had its past two games postponed because of COVID-19. Make it four in a row now.

The Penn State Athletic Department announced early Wednesday evening — when the team was originally scheduled to be playing at Ohio State — that the program has paused all team-related activities due to positive COVID-19 results among its Tier 1 personnel.

Due to the pause, the Nittany Lions’ home games against Michigan (Jan. 9) and Rutgers (Jan. 12) have been postponed. The institutions will work with the Big Ten Conference to identify rescheduling options. No determination has been made on how the pause may impact scheduled games beyond Jan. 12.

Penn State, which is 3-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten, had already lost games to Wisconsin and the aforementioned Ohio State game because of the virus.

The statement read “The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and the broader community are of the utmost importance. Therefore, as part of the protocols established by the Big Ten Conference and Penn State Athletics medical staff and in consultation with University, local and national officials and guidelines, individuals with a positive test have been put into isolation. In addition to isolation, contact tracing procedures have been implemented, which includes quarantine and testing for those individuals who might have been exposed, even if asymptomatic.”

The Nittany Lions next scheduled game is set for Sunday, Jan. 17, at Purdue. They have not played since a two-point loss at Indiana on Wednesday, Dec. 30.


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