Given that the omicron variant is wreaking havoc on the world and putting the sports world in a submissive situation that Bob Backlund would be proud of, it looks like we’re headed for another closure. But, while some schools, conferences and leagues are doing their best to do it smartly and safely, the Memphis men’s basketball team has morphed into “that guy.”
“We had COVID situations last year, but never the magnitude of this one, before the biggest game of the season for us,” Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway said so after their game against Tennessee was canceled. “You can’t force anyone to do this. Just give them the advantages and disadvantages of having versus not having it. “
Hardway’s program is on hiatus. And despite what he says, you can force people to get vaccinated, as his team has already received previous vaccines for several causes.
“The state of Tennessee requires state public institutions of higher education to verify that students have received mandatory vaccinations and meet certain health requirements. We have created a new system where students can upload health records for processing. After our office has reviewed the uploaded documentation, an email will be sent to the student’s @ memphis.edu email address “, reads the”Student Health Center”Section of the school website.
So far, the Tigers have canceled one game (Tennessee) and postponed Tuesday’s game against Alabama State. They are not scheduled to play again until they are supposed to travel to New Orleans on December 29 to face Tulane. But that match could also be in the air, as Tulane is one of over 30 teams that have even called a timeout.
“Is coming” Hardaway said in the summer the vaccination status of his team. “We will not force anyone to do anything, [that’s] our point of view. Children need to feel comfortable with this and their parents need to feel comfortable with this. “
Now he is admitting that he has not handled things in the best way.
“Initially, when I talked to the boys before, they were all talking about being vaccinated and I never saw him again,” He explained. “So I probably spoke badly.”
Prior to the start of this season, Memphis was ranked No. 12 in the AP preseason survey, with the strength of having freshman sensations Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren. Things did not go as planned for the Tigers who sit with a 6-4 record, having only received 1 vote in the latest poll, which leaves them out of the Top 25 and practically in 42nd place.
Hardaway has a young team with a mix of veterans and a lot of talent. It is too early to count them. But, with the way that program handled the pandemic and vaccinations, it looks like Memphis will be Memphis’ biggest enemy this season.