Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew announced via Twitter on Sunday that he tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be on the sideline for at least the first week of the 2020-21 season.
Drew, who led the Bears to a No. 1 national ranking last season and has the Bears positioned to make a run at a national championship, noted that his associate head coach, Jerome Tang, would take the reins for the Bears’ opening slate of games this week at the Empire Classic.
Drew wrote in the tweet that he tested positive on Friday, was asymptomatic and had self-isolated since the positive test. His assistant coaches and team tested negative for COVID on both Friday and Sunday. He also said it was the first positive test for the Bears’ basketball team in 12 weeks.
The Bears are ranked No. 1 in the preseason coaches’ poll and No. 2 in the preseason AP Top 25. Last year, the Bears went 26-4, going 15-3 in the Big 12 to finish second overall. But, the Bears were the No. 1 team in the nation for much of the 2019-20 season before a loss to Kansas in late February.
Drew enters the season with 361 career victories, all but 20 of which have come at Baylor, where he was hired before the 2003-04 season. He is entering his 18th season in Waco.
In related news, Florida suspended basketball activities for at least a week on Sunday due to COVID-19 protocols. That forced the Gators to cancel their first two games of the season. While that doesn’t impact Baylor, it could impact Oklahoma, which expects to host the Gators on Dec. 2 in Norman, Oklahoma.
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