COVID-19 continues to impact the college basketball world as the start of the season draws closer.
On Thursday afternoon, two separate Big East programs announced that they were dealing with COVID outbreaks and would be cancelling early season games.
First, the DePaul Blue Demons announced their games on November 25, November 28, and December 1 would not be played due to COVID. DePaul did not release the number of athletes affected, nor the names, citing privacy reasons.
DePaul Athletic Director DeWayne Peevy released a statement Thursday afternoon, which can be found below.
“We are disappointed the men’s basketball program will be unable to start the season as planned after all the hard work our student-athletes, coaches, and staff have put into preparing for these games. Flexibility and patience will continue to be paramount this season as we navigate these unique times. I appreciate the hard work and support of our medical staff and athletic trainers as they work closely with each of our programs to ensure a safe and healthy environment to study, train, practice and compete.”
Later on Thursday afternoon, the Creighton Bluejays announced they would be withdrawing from the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic due to multiple positive COVID tests.
Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen released a statement, which can be found below.
“We are disappointed to have to withdraw from the Crossover Classic, but the safety and well-being of those surrounding our program needs to be the priority, we continue to have confidence in the protocols set up by Sanford Health and those associated with the Crossover Classic, and do not want to jeopardize the health of those we would potentially come into contact with while in Sioux Falls.”