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Michigan State’s Tom Izzo tests positive for COVID-19

With just over two weeks until the season begins, one of the biggest names in college basketball has tested positive for the coronavirus. Michigan State just announced that Tom Izzo tested positive this morning, and will isolate from the team until Tuesday, Nov. 17, ten days from his earliest symptoms.

“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. Although I have some minor symptoms, I remain in good health. I’ve been extremely diligent for many months now, wearing my mask in public and around the office, while adhering to social distancing guidelines. I’ve been racking my brain, trying to figure out if there was a time where I let my guard down for just an instance. And while I haven’t identified any area of exposure, what I have determined is that this shows the power of the virus. You’d be hard pressed to find a coach who’s taken more precautions than I have, following all the protocols put in place by our medical team, and yet I still contracted the virus.

“Technology will allow me to stay connected with my staff and our players, and I’ll have plenty of time to watch film. I’ll listen to our outstanding medical staff, and follow their directions and take all the steps necessary to return as soon as possible.

“I appreciate the support from my family, my team and the Michigan State fan base, but if I could ask for one favor, I’d urge everyone to continue to listen to the medical experts and follow their advice. I’m proof that no one is immune, but I still believe that there are steps everyone can take to reduce their chances of contracting the virus.”

During Izzo’s isolation, associate head coach Dwayne Stephens will run practices. No other members of the MSU basketball program have tested positive since Big Ten daily antigen testing began on Oct. 26, including Izzo testing negative each time until Monday morning.

The Spartans have not released their schedule yet, but are expected to play Duke in the Champions Classic on December 1.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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9 Comments for Michigan State’s Tom Izzo tests positive for COVID-19

  1. Racerr11
    5:51 pm November 9, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s see most people are wearing a mask that I can see id say 90% or more and the numbers keep going up and up, supposedly. Mask do nothing obviously so take them off. Quit acting like sheep and live your life, do not live scared or in fear.

    • ryang1234
      6:16 pm November 9, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks for the comment based on your deep medical education and experience.

    • BlueSteel
      8:00 pm November 9, 2020 Permalink

      But that’s not true – most people are NOT wearing a mask… and many of those that have a mask close to their face have it pulled down so it really is like not having it on at all.

    • CahillsCrossingNT
      4:54 am November 10, 2020 Permalink

      BlueSteel It’s been well documented that over 90% of Americans wear them routinely. Why not take a few minutes to look something up?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:43 pm November 9, 2020 Permalink

      ryang, how do you know he has no medical education or experience?

  2. Dr. Tom
    9:16 pm November 9, 2020 Permalink

    One of the “most biggest names in college basketball”. Come on TT!!

    • Bluehender
      10:05 am November 10, 2020 Permalink

      The grammar police have nailed you TT. Surrender to the authorities. You are guilty

    • Mrs. Tyler Thompson
      10:09 am November 10, 2020 Permalink

      It was a Monday.

  3. UK_fac_boi
    1:14 pm November 10, 2020 Permalink

    Jesus, you people shouldn’t reproduce.