Nebraska Head Men’s Basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced today that he is
“In challenging times like we are all experiencing, it reminds us what is truly important and that is our family and health. I unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. I immediately took direction from our medical staff when I found out and started self-isolating. I am experiencing symptoms, but my condition has improved over the last 24 hours. Our program has been hit hard over the last 10 days, and we are all trying to manage it and get through it. We are very fortunate to have a great medical team around us that is here to ensure the collective health and safety of our program. We have taken a pause from all basketball-related activities and will return only when it is absolutely safe to do so. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of social responsibility by wearing your mask and keeping proper social distance. Please stay safe and healthy.”
Remember that Hoiberg has had heart issues, being diagnosed in 2005 of an aortic root aneurysm, a condition that could have been fatal were it not discovered. Hoiberg had open heart surgery, a procedure that ended his NBA playing career.
Nebraska Announced 12 People In the Program Test Positive
The Nebraska athletic department sent a release with the Hoiberg statement, along with the news that 12 people in the men’s basketball program are in isolation or quarantine due to positive tests.
Currently, a total of 12 individuals in the MBB program, including seven players and Head Coach Fred Hoiberg, are in isolation or quarantine due to positive test results per CDC, Big Ten and Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department guidelines. Based on testing results through the latest round of testing, at least 30 percent of Tier 1 personnel has been confirmed positive in the last seven days.
Due to the extension of the pause, the Huskers’ home game against Minnesota (Jan. 20) and contest at Iowa (Jan. 24) have been postponed. The institutions will work with the Big Ten Conference to identify rescheduling options. At this time, no determination has been made on how the pause may impact scheduled games beyond Jan. 24.
We wish the best for our beloved head coach and our men’s basketball program. We hope and pray for a speedy recovery to full health for everyone.