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SIU MBB has positive COVID tests; What’s next for the Salukis?

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CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Staying safe from COVID 19 is tough. New cases continue to rise and now members of the SIU Men's basketball team have tested positive for COVID 19.

How'd the team get it?

SIU Men's Head Men's Basketball Coach Bryan Mullins answers that question and more.

"We're not exactly sure what happened, obviously with COVID you can do everything right and still somehow contract it," SIU Men's Head Basketball Coach Bryan Mullins said. "I know our guys have done a great job, I know our staff has done a great job in terms of our athletic training staff, the protocols, the measures, everything we have in place I think is top notch and has proven itself and that is why I think our program has done so well over the last four months."

SIU had to withdraw from the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic in Louisville. Thanksgiving weekend, Louisville Prairie View A&M and Winthrop were on the schedule. A bubble environment, so why not go back into quarantine and try to play?

"Mainly because we would've missed two to three weeks and for them to be able to play three games in five days after not practicing for a couple of weeks and not doing anything as a team, I don't think it's worth trying to rush back and then someone tears his hamstring or does something to his knee and is out for two months and the rest of the season. These guys have worked so hard over the last four months that we make sure we continue to put them in a position and opportunity to be successful when they get on the court."

So what's the next step for the Salukis men's basketball team?

"Taking it day by day right now. We're definitely meeting with the guys over zoom. We probably haven't done much X and O stuff. Still doing more motivational stuff this week. We'll start turning towards SEMO eventually, not quite yet right now. Right now I think we're making sure our guys are good and the team stays together, sticks together and we navigate through this."

SIU is slated to play SEMO December 2nd. Is that enough time to get ready?

"That's what we will evaluate. There's still things that can happen that are out of our control. So again that will be a day by day, kind of week to week basis. And again, our thing is making sure our guys physically, mentally are ready to go to start the season."

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