Gators, Seminoles, UNF and JU basketball can only hope COVID-19 stays away

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 staff was pulling into a Lynchburg, Va. hotel parking good deal following a 10-hour chartered bus ride when the unanticipated information strike the Ospreys like a sledgehammer.

Fred Burnett, UNF’s associate athletic director for Sports Functionality, experienced just gained the information a person of the gamers had examined constructive for COVID-19. So the Ospreys’ two scheduled games with Liberty about the following two days would have to be postponed, their next ASUN series cancellation of the period.

Just like that, all travel ideas for the coaching staff and players had been altered. The Ospreys all experienced to isolate that night time in a Virginia lodge, then ride a different 10 several hours back again to campus the up coming morning. It was not until finally 4 days afterwards that mentor Matthew Driscoll discovered that instead of playing at home last week in opposition to Bellarmine, the ASUN Conference built UNF travel back to Lynchburg to enjoy Liberty. The Flames conveniently swept the Ospreys and dropped them to 5-5 in league participate in, eliminating them from championship rivalry.