Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey: Scrap COVID Testing For Final Four

Tampa, Florida / USA - April 6, 2019: Baylor Bears Locker Room Replica at the Tampa Convention Center During the 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four Tampa Bay


The Baylor women’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss to UConn in the Elite Eight on Monday night after a blown no-call. The refs swallowing the whistle was the talk of social media, but Bears head coach Kim Mulkey made some headlines of her own.

During the post-game press conference, Mulkey said that the NCAA should “dump COVID testing” for the Final Four.

According to Mulkey, all players should be eligible to play in the Final Four and she doesn’t think it would be fair to sideline anyone for testing positive.

“I don’t think my words matter, but after the games today, tomorrow, there’s four teams left I think on the men’s side and the women’s side,” Mulkey said, according to the New York Post. “They need to dump the COVID testing.

“Wouldn’t it be a shame to keep COVID testing and then you got kids that end up having tested positive or something, and they don’t get to play in the Final Four. So you need to just forget the COVID tests and let the four teams that are playing in each Final Four, go battle it out.”

Players and coaches have been tested throughout the NCAA Tournament and have been wearing devices to help contract tracing. Out of 15,400 tests in the women’s tournament, only two positive tests have been confirmed.

Mulkey tested positive for COVID-19 back in January which forced the regular-season game between Baylor and UConn to be canceled.


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