College basketball season is on, although the COVID-19 pandemic is worsening day by day.
That, said Pittsburgh coach Jeff Capel on Monday, doesn’t quite suit him.
“These children are gone [from their families] and they’re out and putting it on the line to entertain people. Something just doesn’t feel right, ”Capel said on Monday of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “The numbers were as they were in March. I look at it every day man. It seems like it’s getting worse every day. I don’t know why you’re canceling in March but you say it’s okay to do now. But what do i know “
“The numbers are worse now”
Capel has a point.
Last season – along with the rest of the sports world – came to an abrupt end in March in the early days of the pandemic. At the time, there were an average of fewer than 1,000 new coronavirus cases per day, according to the New York Times.
Currently, the country is recording an average of more than 196,000 new cases every day as the pandemic appears to be spiraling out of control. But the season is progressing.
This is of course not without problems. Several prominent coaches have already infected themselves with the virus – including Tom Izzo, Jim Boeheim, and Scott Drew, to name a few – and programs are suspending activity on the left and right. No. 1 Gonzaga is closed for a week on Sunday and therefore had to cancel four games.
Although he doesn’t have a specific plan to fix the problem, Capel pleaded for a break in the upcoming holiday season.
“It’s interesting to me – if you look at the numbers in March when the season was canceled, the numbers are worse right now than they were in March,” he said of the Post-Gazette. “I don’t know who the leadership is, I have no idea, but maybe they would think about taking a little break just so kids can be with their families for Christmas, coaches with their families, but most importantly, because of that what is going on in our country with these numbers. It’s breathtaking. “
The story goes on
The problem with that, however, is that Capel isn’t sure who to stand up for.
“One of the things [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] I’ve always said that one of the biggest problems in our sport is that we have no leadership, ”Capel told the Post-Gazette. “You don’t know where to turn for answers or who is looking for the really best interests of the young men and women out there competing.”
Capel: Players are absolutely not amateurs
Although there are still many unknowns, Capel said one thing has become clear to him since the pandemic broke out.
University athletes deserve compensation.
“One of the things that has come about with all of this since it all happened in March when the season was canceled. I don’t think anyone can say anymore that these young men are amateurs,” Capel told the Post-Gazette. “That’s out of the window. You are not. They are absolutely not. “
With the COVID-19 pandemic raging like never before, Pitt trainer Jeff Capel is unable to play basketball. (AP / Keith Srakocic)
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