Baylor women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey has just returned courtside after previously testing positive for COVID-19, and she’s under no illusions as to why the NCAA season must proceed.
“The season will continue on. It's called the almighty dollar," Mulkey told ESPN after losing to Iowa State on Saturday. "The NCAA has to have the almighty dollar from the men's tournament. The almighty dollar is more important than the health and welfare of me, the players or anybody else.
"One conference does this, one conference does that. The CDC says this. Everybody is confused. I'm confused. I'm uncomfortable coaching. I understand, COVID is real. I've had it — come talk to me sometime. But I don't know ... all the calls and procedures, that's gonna go on and make it unusual, uncomfortable for every program. We're no different at Baylor."
Mulkey contracted COVID-19 after being exposed to a family member on Christmas Day, forcing her to miss Baylor’s Jan. 2 game at TCU. She rejoined the team for practice on Jan. 4.
After a team member tested positive during that practice, the entire team went on pause beginning Jan. 5, forcing them to miss games on Jan. 10 and Jan. 13.