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Paulie gave us an afternoon update yesterday after UofL released breaking news of suspending four fall sports. 29 members from volleyball, field hockey, women's soccer, and men's soccer tested positive for COVID-19 while many more were exposed.
The news later came out that the outbreak was traced back to an off-campus party. The location of the party was not announced, although many people speculated one of the off-campus housing locations.
Those fall sports will be suspended from activities for the next 14 days and all who tested positive will self quarantine. UofL issued a statement that all the proper procedures would be followed.
We haven't even gotten to the true season before we saw our first major outbreak. The chances of playing a full season seem even more slim. It's easy for the virus to spread throughout a team and we yesterday how quickly the number of people exposed can add up.
Having a party goes against recommendations by health officials right now. For UofL, it looks bad after they talked about how every precaution was made and each sport was in their own bubble.
For fans, the hope of having a fall sports season looks even more out of reach. We have already seen outbreaks in sports that have started back up like MLB and NBA.
Of course, I am disappointed in what happened, mostly in the manner of how it happened. But I also can see things from the viewpoint of the student-athletes.
I was a college student not too long ago. I was young and didn't always make the best decisions. I wanted to have fun and live life. I felt invincible at times. Many of the friends you make in college you don't see in person again when you graduate. People move all over the country or around the world. Your time with them is limited to just a few years so you try to make the most of the time you have.
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So my guess of what happened is this: the student-athletes were bored back on campus. They wanted to hang out with their friends. Feeling young and invincible, they thought nothing of the virus or the idea of it cross-spreading among different teams. These teenagers and young adults just wanted to have fun with their friends while they had free time (don't forget that student-athletes are some of the busiest people in the world).
In the end, we all make mistakes and have to learn from them.
We should see these programs pick operations back up in two weeks, still a month before their first scheduled games.
As a reminder, please stay safe and healthy.
Happy Thursday and Go Cards!