Syracuse's Boeheim Calls for Contact Tracing Changes

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After his team squeaked by with a one-point victory in its season-opener Friday, Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim criticized the unclear decision-making process that led to his program taking a two-week pause and then playing one day after breaking quarantine.

Boeheim, who tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-November, pointed to Gonzaga, which played a game earlier on Friday despite having one player test positive. Only his roommate, Boeheim said, was put into quarantine while the rest of the group didn't miss a beat.

As reported by Cuse NationBoeheim took "100 percent" responsibility for putting his players in the difficult position of facing a Bryant team that brought quickness, tempo and varying schemes. He said Syracuse did not practice for two full weeks, implying that they were kept off the court by the Atlantic Coast Conference's policy requiring anyone identified through Covid-19 contact tracing to quarantine for 14 days. However, it's unclear exactly who made the call for the program to go on pause, as the conference policy indicates players must be within 6 feet of a positive tester for at least 15 minutes to trip the contact tracing threshold. SU athletic director John Wildhack spoke to the quarantine last Tuesday and said the school is working closely with the Onondaga County Health Department.

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