Cal State Fullerton will not open his basketball season on Wednesday as scheduled because one of his players has tested positive for coronavirus.
The Titans would play the University of San Diego in its first game of the Husky Classic in Seattle. The tournament has been canceled because both Fullerton and San Diego had to withdraw.
Portland State was the other team scheduled to participate in the host of the University of Washington in the four-shift event. According to a story posted on Washington’s website, Fullerton and USD pulled out due to COVID-19-related program shutdowns and Portland State had issues with the Oregon Health Authority.
The Fullerton player who tested positive must isolate himself for 10 days and the entire program must be quarantined for 14 days, according to NCAA protocols.
Titans coach Dedrique Taylor said on Monday that he found out about the positive test last week.
“In fact we were in the middle of a workout on Thursday and the head athletic trainer came in and came right up to me and basically said, ‘We’ve got a problem, one of you guys tested positive and that’s why we’re Shutting Down Everything,'” Taylor said. “So I brought our boys in and shared that information with them and strongly encouraged them to hurry up and get dressed and get out of campus ASAP.
“Even our employees had to leave our office ASAP because of the exposure component and that’s kind of where things are.”
The three games Fullerton is said to have played in the Husky Classic were the only non-conference games scheduled to date. Taylor tries to schedule additional non-conference games. But it won’t be easy, he said, in part because his team won’t be able to take the field until December 4 and will need a few more days after that to be ready to play a game.
And so trying to match those dates with other people who are in the same situation or who want to fill in those dates is a matter of being able to work with the phones and try to get those games in with the preparation or understanding that you try to prepare for December 27th and December 28th if you play against Northridge (CSUN), but between now and then try to play three, four or five games, ”said Taylor.
“It will not be an easy task, but it is something that we have our eyes on and something that we are looking for. It’s just a matter of doing those things and unfortunately we have no control over that. ”
The Titans are scheduled to start Big West conference play against CSUN on December 27. The teams will also get confused on December 28.
The 2020 Big West Conference Tournament scheduled for last March has been canceled due to the pandemic.