North Florida basketball coach Matthew Driscoll has already seen four of the Ospreys' A-Sun Conference games postponed due to COVID-19. As college basketball season enters the homestretch, local teams can only hope the coronavirus doesn't strike them at the worst possible time.

On February 4, the College of North Florida basketball crew was pulling into a Lynchburg, Va. hotel parking great deal soon after a 10-hour chartered bus ride when the sudden information hit the Ospreys like a sledgehammer.

Fred Burnett, UNF’s affiliate athletic director for Sports Overall performance, experienced just acquired the news just one of the players had analyzed favourable for COVID-19. So the Ospreys’ two scheduled game titles with Liberty more than the up coming two times would have to be postponed, their second ASUN series cancellation of the period.

Just like that, all travel options for the coaching personnel and players were altered. The Ospreys all experienced to isolate that night time in a Virginia lodge, then trip another 10 hrs again to campus the following morning. It wasn’t until 4 days afterwards that mentor Matthew Driscoll discovered that alternatively of taking part in at household last 7 days versus Bellarmine, the ASUN Conference created UNF journey back again to Lynchburg to engage in Liberty. The Flames easily swept the Ospreys and dropped them to 5-5 in league perform, eliminating them from championship rivalry.

By Harriet