Penn State Basketball Pauses All Team Activity, Michigan and Rutgers Games Postponed

By Nick Polak on January 7, 2021 at 3:06 pm
Dec 6, 2020; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; General view of the Bryce Jordan Center prior to the game between the Seton Hall Pirates and the Penn State Nittany Lions.
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Due to positive COVID-19 results by members of the Tier 1 personnel within the Penn State Basketball program, team-related activity has been shut down until further notice. As a result, the team's upcoming games against Michigan and Rutgers, set for January 9 and January 12, respectively, have been postponed.

As defined by the NCAA, tier 1 personnel include student-athletes, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists, medical staff, equipment staff, and officials. It is not known who among that group for Penn State tested positive, only that it was widespread enough to halt all activity to prevent further spread.

The team previously had its scheduled games against Wisconsin and Ohio State postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests, as well. There is no word yet as to when team activity will restart. The next scheduled game for the team on the schedule after the Rutgers game is a road game against Purdue on Sunday, January 17.

Prior to the shutdown, the Nittany Lions had gotten off to a 3-4 (0-3 B1G) start to the season under interim head coach Jim Ferry. Their most recent loss came to Indiana in overtime on the road in Bloomington.

Roar Lions Roar will continue to keep you updated on the situation as updates are made public.