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Basketball ignored Rick Pitino’s plea for a delayed season, and now his team is paying the price

Rick Pitino was absolutely right, but that’s little consolation for his Iona squad as COVID shuts it down for the remainder of the regular season.

Rick Pitino was completely proper, however that’s little comfort for his Iona squad as COVID shuts it down for the the rest of the common season.
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Nothing is extra infuriating than being ignored, solely to be confirmed proper.

Back in November, the Iona head coach felt that, resulting from COVID-19, the season wanted to start out later. His pleas really feel on deaf ears. By January, Pitino had examined optimistic for the virus. On Monday, the college introduced that the COVID-19 is the cause why the team received’t end out their common season schedule.

The Gaels have solely performed 13 video games this 12 months, ending 8-5. Upcoming video games towards Marist, Siena (twice), and Saint Peter’s (twice) received’t be performed. The MAAC Tournament begins on March 8, and Pitino’s team is hoping to be wholesome sufficient to compete in it.

Earlier this season, Iona had a 51-day layoff resulting from COVID-19. Their final recreation in 2020 was towards Coppin State on Dec. 23 and they didn’t play once more till their Feb. 12 matchup with Manhattan.

“I’m a little bit of a political animal — I follow the science of it all, and that’s why I tried to move it back to May Madness for the health of everybody involved,” Pitino stated final month, now that a minimum of half his team has examined optimistic. “I thought the vaccine would come out maybe a week or two later than it’s actually come out, so that’s good news. It’s frustrating, but I knew it would be.”

For as soon as Pitino was proper, and the powers that be ignored him when they need to have been listening.

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