Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak and a number of his players have tested positive for COVID-19, Krystkowiak announced Monday in his weekly appearance on ESPN 700 radio in Salt Lake City.
Earlier Monday, the Utah athletic department announced the cancellation of the Utes' scheduled season opener on Friday against visiting New Orleans. Utah is now due to open with a Pac-12 Conference matchup, on Dec. 3 vs. visiting Washington.
Utah associate director of communications John Vu confirmed to the Deseret News that the basketball team did not practice all of last week due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The exact number of players who tested positive wasn't revealed, but Krystkowiak hinted on the radio that it was at least five.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the basketball team, not limited to players, had at least nine positive cases.
Krystkowiak said he found out Nov. 17 that he tested positive and that he is observing a 10-day quarantine period.
The team resumed practice Monday with associate head coach Tommy Connor presiding, and only one player was missing, according to Krystkowiak.
"We still have a few guys that haven't got it, but I think we are certainly past the darkest days," he said. "We just need to keep some optimism here with the vaccine and some of the positive news. That's all we can control right now. ...
"We are going to have to play ourselves into shape. Let's have a few scrimmages and get out and have some fun and focus on playing hard and smart and playing together."
--Field Level Media