Michigan basketball will not go back to action this week
For those holding out hope that some of Michigan’s groups could go back to action today, reconsider.
The school’s athletic department remains in the middle of a two-week shutdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Considered that some teams– including the males’s basketball team– have avoided any positive tests, there was speculation about an early return.
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel ended that possibility.
Appearing on the In the Trenches podcast with Jon Jansen, Manuel spoke at length about the shutdown.
” It’s not been simple for our student-athletes or our coaches and staff,” Manuel stated on the podcast, published Saturday. “We were underway with several of our seasons and in the middle of several of them … and ready to begin with the majority of our sports. And so it came as a surprise to them. But they’re resistant– all of them.”
On Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10:25 p.m., Michigan revealed it was pausing all athletic activities– games, practices, and training sessions– for 2 week, per a mandate from the state’s Department of Health and Human Providers.
There would later be some conflict about whether it was a required or a suggestion. Regardless, a group of student-athletes wished to overturn the decision.
” Putting the entirety of student-athletes in a mandated quarantine, rather of working it on a team by team basis, is unjust to the professional athletes who have actually followed all procedures necessary to contend and have actually had no contact with the confirmed cases,” read the union’s statement, in part.
Whether Manuel thought about that demand is uncertain. He wasn’t asked on the podcast and has actually held simply one interview over the past 6 months– in December after Michigan canceled its football game against Ohio State.
What he did make known was that the two-week time out will stand.
” This is a two-week shutdown,” Manuel said. “Close facilities, no practice, not letting them remain in the centers to work out, although the supermajority of our student-athletes are not afflicted or have a concern with COVID. … After 2 weeks, then the shift will start.”
In other words, simply due to the fact that the Michigan males’s basketball group hasn’t had a positive test since August doesn’t suggest it can resume activities this week.
The Wolverines are 13-1 and ranked No. 4 in the country. They last played on Jan. 22, the night before the shutdown. Their previously arranged video games versus Penn State (Jan. 27), Indiana (Jan. 30), Northwestern (Feb. 3), and Michigan State (Feb. 6) were postponed.
The Spartans have actually currently arranged a new challenger in place of Michigan. The Wolverines can only await their possibility to return on the court.
” It harkens us back to March, when this first occurred, when we shut the centers down,” Manuel stated. “That’s the huge change: They’re at their homes, they remain in their dormitory spaces. They’re permitted to go for walks and/or jog on their own, however that’s different than really working on each of their sports.”
Manuel stated “there is a strategy in location per sport as it relates to when they will be able to return to competitors.” The Michigan guys’s basketball team is next scheduled to play Illinois on Feb. 11.
If the quarantine ends Sunday, that would provide the Wolverines our complete days in preparation for the video game.
” We want to ensure our student-athletes will return securely,” Manuel stated. “We don’t desire to stop someone, restart practice on Monday, and have a video game on Tuesday because it was arranged that method before.” The “resocialization” process will take some time, Manuel stated. “Those things are being worked out as we speak and will be put into location once this quarantine has actually been raised.”
In case it wasn’t clear initially, that will not happen till the end of this week.