CARBONDALE (WSIL) -- Every day we see and hear updates on COVID-19 cases. We're told the numbers are going up, we need to wear our masks, practice social distancing. This is something athletes at SIU have been doing from day one.
That is why for members of the Saluki men's basketball team, it's disheartening to learn there's another delay to the start of their season.
Despite all the careful measures taken, there's still some positive cases.
To be a student athlete you have to be mentally strong. During a pandemic, mental toughness is even more crucial.
"The thing I love about this group is their mental toughness," SIU Men's Head Basketball Coach Bryan Mullins said.
"It's an extremely close group, not just our program, but every program has to go through but not to have the normal team functions or team practices this summer, I think this group is really close and that's what I am proud of. I think right now where they are at, they are disappointed they can't go to Louisville and we can't play Louisville the first game but I think they are excited for the season. I think they can't wait to get back on the practice court. I think they understand there are going to be ups and downs this year, obstacles they can't control and how they respond to those events are going to determine what type of team they are and even though we have a young group, we have a mature group in that sense of it."