The East Carolina athletic department announced on Thursday that its men’s basketball team had “paused all team-related activities” after the detection of a cluster of coronavirus cases. The decision was made based on results from COVID-19 testing and contact tracing.
“We were informed last night multiple individuals within our men’s basketball program tested positive for COVID-19,” ECU Director of Athletics Jon Gilbert stated. “The affected individuals are isolated and will receive daily monitoring from ECU Athletics medical staff. The decision was made to postpone our next two games due to the positive tests, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals. We will continue to work closely with our medical staff and follow their guidance on how we move forward.”
As a consequence of the developments, the Pirates’ home game on Saturday, Jan. 16, against America Athletic Conference foe Temple and their league game at South Florida on Wednesday, Jan. 20, have been postponed.
ECU’s news release noted that the conference will announce any further adjustments to ECU’s league schedule as developments unfold. Barring new developments, the Pirates’ next scheduled game is a home contest with Memphis at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 24 (TV: ESPN2)
It is expected that schedule adjustments will include new dates for previously postponed games at Wichita State and Cincinnati.
(An ECU news release contributed to this story.)
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