Krystkowiak tests positive for COVID-19, Utes opener delayed until December 3rd


Runnin' Utes will tip off the season against Washington, play at BYU on Dec. 12

FILE – Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak yells from the sidelines during the first half of an NCAA college basketball against Utah game in Los Angeles, in this Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, file photo. Eight players in head coach Larry Krystkowiak’s nine-man rotation in the 2019-20 season are back on the roster. It has Utah feeling confident about taking a leap forward from last season’s 8th place finish in the Pac-12 after posting the program’s fewest wins in a season since 2013.(AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)

Salt Lake City (ABC4 Sports) – Utah head basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak revealed on his weekly radio show in ESPN700 that he has tested positive for COVID-19, and is due to come out of quarantine on Friday.

The Utes team has been dealing with positive tests since November 13th, when athletic director Mark Harlan announced the program was being shut down for two weeks.

The Utes season was supposed to tip off Friday at the Huntsman Center against New Orleans, but that game has been canceled, and the start of the season has now been pushed back until December 3rd.

“The Runnin’ Utes will not be playing New Orleans as reported after consulting with the team medical staff,” said a statement released by the Utah athletic department. “The decision to not play was made to keep the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches and support staff at the forefront for both teams.”

Utah will now begin at home against Washington on Thursday, Dec. 3, the first time it has tipped off the season with a conference game since 1925. The time of the game has yet to be announced.

Utah will play four non-conference games before resuming Pac-12 play. Utah will host Idaho State (12/8, 4:00 p.m.), play at BYU (12/12, TBD), then host Utah Valley (12/15, 5:00 p.m.) and Idaho (12/19, TBD).

The Utes will then play 19 more Pac-12 games beginning Dec. 22 at Arizona State. This will give Utah 24 regular season games before the Pac-12 Tournament.

Utah finished the 2019-20 season with a record of 16-15.

The Utah women’s basketball program will pause all basketball activities for the time being due to a COVID-19 positive case and resulting isolation of additional student-athletes under contact tracing protocols.

The Utes were scheduled to open the season with two home games this week, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, vs. Southern Utah, and Saturday, Nov. 28, vs. Utah Valley.

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