Capel joined a list of high-profile college coaches to test positive that includes Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Ole Miss’ Kermit Davis, Baylor’s Scott Drew, Georgetown’s Patrick Ewing, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Seton Hall’s Kevin Willard and Villanova’s Jay Wright. Echoing previous comments, Capel said he doesn’t think college basketball should be going on right now. “I still feel the way that I feel,” he said. “When you look around at some of the things that are going on in the country with this virus, with this disease, and you see the impact that it’s having on people, that it’s having on families, that it’s having on our country and you listen to people talk about don’t travel, don’t do these things and things like that, it just doesn’t feel right, especially at our level. “The players aren’t getting paid to do this. It’s different to me when you’re a professional athlete. That’s your job and you can make a choice whether you want to do it. On the professional level, the rules are the same for each team. The leagues determine what the protocols are. Our protocols aren’t across the board. You got some teams that test every day, you got some teams that test three times a week. You have some conferences that do something different. “I don’t think that we should be playing right now, but I don’t think my experience of having COVID strengthened that at all. I also think there are a lot of things you don’t know about, a lot of long-term effects.” He mentioned the collapse of Florida’s Keyontae Johnson, who is now back with his team at practice but not practicing himself. Florida coach Mike White said Johnson blew the whistle at practice a few times, but there is no timetable on his return. “We’re excited to be back with Keyontae and we’re taking it one day at a time right now,” White said Monday on the SEC call. “We’re extremely grateful and thankful to everyone in this country and throughout the world who prayed for him.”
Pitt’s Jeff Capel described his COVID experience as a “bitch” and said the “isolation is difficult” and said he was “close” to being hospitalized. Is grateful that he didn’t have to be. pic.twitter.com/GnHVMvJU4c— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 28, 2020
For privacy reasons, Florida has not announced whether Johnson had COVID, which can lead to a heart condition called myocarditis. “It’s amazing to me that this thing with the kid Keyonate Johnson, and thank God that he’s better, but it sounds like to me it had something to do with COVID, with the myocarditis,” Capel said, “and it’s absolutely amazing to me that it’s not a bigger story.” Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram And Like ZAGS on Facebook
Mike White of @GatorsMBK says “Keyontae Johnson is back with us and doing well.”— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) December 28, 2020
Said he was at practice and blew a whistle.
“We’re extremely grateful and thankful to everyone in this country and throughout the world who prayed for him.”