The Loyola men’s basketball team announced it will be pausing all team activities due to positive COVID-19 tests among the team’s personnel, per a Nov. 16 press release. Loyola Athletics confirmed it was more than one positive test, but would not give a specific number or answer questions about who tested positive on the team’s personnel, which is made up of student-athletes, coaches, managers and staff.
It’s unclear when the team will resume activities.
College basketball’s season is scheduled to begin Nov. 25, but will now be delayed for the Ramblers’ season.
Head coach Porter Moser and the rest of the team returned to practice July 20. The Ramblers were under strict testing protocols, screening tests and had to wear masks everywhere but the court. They started out in pods of 5-6 players during practices.
Per NCAA COVID-19 guidelines, teams were allowed to start full team practice Oct. 14 for a maximum of 20 hours per week with one day off.
“Since July, we have been mindful and diligent while testing for the past 16 weeks with no positives until this point,” Moser said in the press release. “But, as we have seen throughout the county, COVID-19 cases are on the rise, spiking everywhere, and unfortunately it has reached our program. From the onset of returning, we have said that the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and staff comes first.”
Moser said the team plans to follow all back-to-play guidelines given to them by team doctors.
Moser was not available for comment.
Despite the “delay in season,” the Ramblers don’t have any games scheduled until Dec. 30. The team also hasn’t released a non-conference schedule yet.
College basketball analyst Andy Katz reported on Twitter that Moser said the team will have to cancel games in Indianapolis against University of Cincinnati, Duquesne University and an unknown third team. Katz also said that Moser canceled a buy game on Dec. 4.
The @RamblersMBB coach @PorterMoser says the Ramblers will have to cancel games in Indy against Cincinnati, Duquesne and a third team. He said they also canceled a buy game on Dec. 4. But he’s looking for games Dec. 15-23. Wide open!— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) November 16, 2020
According to Loyola Athletics, information on the men’s basketball schedule will be released as it becomes available.