Though seemingly out of the blue, Auriemma said that there were “some facts behind what she was saying.”
Auriemma: Mukley’s comments didn’t ‘come out of nowhere’
"Wouldn’t it be a shame to keep COVID testing, and then you got kids [testing] positive or something, and they don't get to play in the Final Four? So you need to just forget the COVID tests and let the four teams that are playing in each Final Four go battle it out.”
Both the men’s and women’s tournaments are being held in bubble-like locations in an effort to hold them safely amid the coronavirus pandemic — which, despite massive vaccine rollouts, is still ongoing and .
The NCAA, per USA Today, will continue to test everyone through the end of each tournament.
Though her comments certainly shocked plenty, that apparently wasn’t quite what she was trying to say.
Auriemma said that there were actually discussions with the NCAA and medical staff that suggested players and those still inside the bubble by this point were better protected from the virus.
“[There] was an extension of a conversation that we had on a Zoom call with the NCAA medical staff, who said to us coaches that after the Sweet 16, having been in the bubble for this amount of time — and having been tested every day — the chances that someone would test positive between Monday or Tuesday and Friday, Saturday, Sunday — to use their words — was remote,” he said, .
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