Louisville basketball: UNC Greensboro game canceled after Covid positive

Athletic director Vince Tyra speaks Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Vince Tyra
Athletic director Vince Tyra speaks Louisville Cardinals (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Vince Tyra /

The Louisville basketball program is in a pause after an unnamed person tested positive for Covid-19.

After a four game stretch with no issues, the Louisville basketball team has come to a screeching halt after reports surfaced late Thursday night that their game against UNC Greensboro would be canceled for Covid reasons.

With this news, the Louisville bubble comes to an abrupt end with a lot of things up in the air for the program in the very near future with the positive case and contact tracing needing to be conducted.

As of now, the ACC-Big Ten Challenge matchup against Wisconsin is still on for Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Louisville fans already got a glimpse of what a Covid outbreak could look like when the Louisville football team had much of their roster ousted for a multi-week span in early November that led to players being forced to isolate and sit out multiple games.

The already thinned out basketball squad due to injury will now have to go through the process of contact tracing and avoiding further positive cases within the program so that things can continue to move steadily.

University of Louisville Athletic Director Vince Tyra had this to say about the situation.

“We are adhering to the ACC and university protocols, and will monitor the matter day-to-day.”

It was to be expected that at some point the Cardinals would have their games altered by Covid. It was really only a matter of when and how bad the outbreak could become.

When will Louisville get back on the court?

That remains to be seen. It is a touchy situation. Some teams across the country are having to pause team activities for 14 days and players must sit out a minimum of 10 days in some circumstances while other teams around the country continue playing on despite a positive test within the program.

Gonzaga was one case in which the team played on despite positives and contact tracing.

While it is not known which member of the program tested positive for Covid at Louisville, it seems to be a very fluid situation with a number of factors being taken into consideration including who tested positive and how many folks need to be contact traced.

It’s not an easy situation to handle, but the NCAA with zero guidelines has established no universal grounds or rules as to how to proceed with playing games.

Legendary Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim recently spoke out against the ACC”s regulations for Covid. There are a multitude of issues occurring because of Covid protocols that is leaving anyone from fans to coaches scratching their heads.

What we are left with is entirely too big of a mess to even attempt to decipher. It seems like a free-for-all throughout the country and the NCAA has no control over the programs under their umbrella at the moment.

Louisville seems like they could play as early as Wednesday or as far as two weeks away. That all seems very up in the air at the moment.

Just four games in to Louisville’s basketball season, the state of college basketball appears to be in flux with a lack of leadership and no fundamental grounds for a safe path to a full season.