US Athletics Conference revises COVID policy, allows University of Houston basketball to avoid losing money

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Talk about a quick vacation.

Over a 24-hour period, the University of Houston men’s basketball program lost — through disqualification — and then conceded defeat.

“We did everything we could,” Houston men’s basketball head coach Kelvin Sampson said Monday via Zoom. “We want to play. The last thing you want to do is cancel the game.”

As Sampson manages the COVID outbreak, with about 10 positive cases on his program, Tuesday’s home game against Cincinnati was initially canceled for Sunday afternoon. The Coogs conference opener, adopting the conference rules, will be considered a loss because Houston doesn’t have enough players.

“We didn’t have enough to practice,” Sampson noted.

But Monday morning, American Athletics Conference unanimously adopted updated COVID protocols – including fee policy changes. U of H vs. Tuesday’s Cincinnati has now been postponed, not cancelled. Coogs are not subject to loss handling.

“That rule, at the time – when they do it – makes no sense,” Sampson said. “And certainly when it happens to you, because of COVID, we have to take a loss? There’s nothing fair about that. But luckily our conference got it right and we’re on our way. “

But that road, Sampson said, will have twists and turns.

“Cincinnati is 0 and 0, we are 0 and 0,,” he points out. “We have a game to make up for, but this won’t be our only game to make up.”

Coogs’ next game is scheduled for Sunday at Temple. The new conference policy stipulates that a team needs to have seven scholarship players and one coach available for a match to be played. However, because the NCAA adheres to CDC recommendations, New guidelines shorten quarantine and isolation time will allow college teams to return to competition faster than ever amid the pandemic.

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