ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Two players on the University of New Mexico’s basketball team are now in isolation after they tested positive for COVID-19. This comes as the Athletic Department is negotiating with the state on how the team can even practice or play in New Mexico.
Head Coach Paul Weir addressed the positive cases Thursday. “When something like this comes along, it feels like you have two arms tied behind your back, so now you are just trying to learn how to kick, and it just comes with the territory right now. I am sure other programs or teams will have to go through similar situations, but we have tried to stay incredibly positive as a team,” Weir said.
Athletic Director Eddie Nunez says they learned about the positive tests last weekend but the two who tested positive are not showing any symptoms. The whole team was put in quarantine and team activities were suspended. Since then, Nunez says everyone else on the team has had two negative tests; Contract tracing has also been complete.
The Lobos are scheduled to being conference play around Christmas and they still aren’t sure if they will play any non-conference games when the NCAA season starts in two weeks. “As the current health order stands right now, we would not be able to host a game here, and obviously with the travel quarantine coming back into the state becomes an issue, which as you talked about with our football team, has forced them to be pretty creative right now, and I am sure we are going to have to be just as agile as we kind of go forward,” said Weir.
Of course, the health order has the football team set a new home base in Las Vegas, Nevada. As for now, Lobo men’s basketball isn’t currently practicing because of the quarantined player but Coach Weir does remain optimistic about having a season this year.
Relocating could be tough for Lobo men’s basketball though because the program makes its money from selling tickets at the Pit while football earns a lot of its money through their conference TV contract.
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