Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Iona to shut down for two weeks, potentially cancel four games due to positive Covid test
By ADAM ZAGORIA
The Rick Pitino Era at Iona will have to wait a little while.
The men’s basketball program plans to shut down for two weeks and potentially cancel its first four games due to a positive Covid test from a member of the support staff, a source said.
The NCAA recommends a 14-day pause if a Tier-1 person associated with a team tests positive.
Iona issued the following release after ZAGSBLOG first broke the news.
The Gaels were set to open the Pitino Era Nov. 25 at Fordham’s Rose Hill Gym, followed by three games at the Mohegan Sun Arena beginning Nov. 29, including two against Buffalo and Vermont.
After that, their next game is Dec. 5 against Wagner, followed by Dec. 8 at Hofstra.
Iona is the latest Northeastern team to pause activities due to a Covid test. Seton Hall and UConn of the Big East both paused activities, while Villanova and Marquette previously did.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.