Upon learning that news, the University Athletic Department made a decision to pause all Syracuse basketball-related activities.
Orange fans also found on Sunday that Hall of Fame Coach Jim Boeheim had tested positive for COVID-19.
This past weekend, Syracuse athletics announced that the Syracuse Orange basketball program was on pause due to positive COVID-19 tests within the program.
According to a data-base compiled by the Buffalo News, Syracuse is one of more 30 NCAA Division I men's basketball programs that have paused activities due to the coronavirus since October 12. With the start of the season for most teams just 10 days away, there are almost 20 programs nationally that have temporarily shut down because of positive COVID-19 tests in recent weeks. Per our COVID safety protocols, following Coach's positive test we conducted an additional round of testing for all members of the basketball program. The team's coaches and players are now being tested multiple times a week. Wildhack says, "We are following all CDC guidelines and ACC protocols, and working closely with the Onondaga County Department of Health, to mitigate further transmission of the virus".
Boeheim has been at the helm of Syracuse's program since 1976, winning a national championship in 2003 on the shoulders of Carmelo Anthony. He has the second-most wins among any active Division I men's coach, behind Duke's Mike Krzyzewski.
He confirmed the news Sunday on Twitter.
Syracuse is expected to open its season against Bryant on November 27. The country repeatedly set single-day records over the past week and is now averaging more than 145,000 new cases a day, while the virus is surging like never before. The 75 year old coach is now among the school's 232 faculty and 651 students who are currently in quarantine.