Could Pandemic Sideline Older Coaches?

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As cases of COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus continue to climb, colleges are beginning to contemplate how to safely return to sports — and whether such a return is even possible.

Dr. Jon McCullers, associate dean at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine and an expert in influenza and pandemics, is leading the school’s task force on reopening. He told CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish this week that among his recommendations are having older professors — and coaches — work remotely or take a year off.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, individuals above age 65 are "at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19." That means that several college coaches — including such high profile ones as Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina’s Roy Williams, all of whom are above 70, could be putting themselves at risk by returning to the sidelines. 

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