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3 Louisville men's basketball players, Chris Mack test positive for COVID-19

This is the second time the University of Louisville men’s basketball program has had positive COVID-19 cases.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Following the announcement that University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Chris Mack has tested positive for COVID-19, assistant coach Dino Gaudio said three players have tested positive.

The Cards have postponed their game against Pittsburgh at KFC Yum! Center Feb. 10, and Gaudio said the team has not practiced since Tuesday, Feb. 2.

If the program gets clean tests Monday, Gaudio said they can start practicing Wednesday, but said it has been challenging with players in quarantine.

"We have a built-in excuse for poor performance right now," Gaudio said. "If you use that, we're making a horrible mistake."

Gaudio will lead the team while Mack follows COVID-19 protocols. UofL said Mack will continue to talk with team virtually, but will miss Louisville's game against Virginia Tech Feb. 13. Gaudio said he is unsure if the game will be played.

This is not the first time the program has been forced to halt all activities due to COVID-19. The Cards temporarily suspended all activities in the summer of 2020 after members of the program tested positive.

The University of Kentucky men's basketball team was also forced to pause the program following positive COVID-19 testing in late January. The Wildcats canceled their game against Texas in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

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