SEC men's basketball coach tests positive for COVID for 2nd time
In May, South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday, he announced that he’s tested positive again.
It’s been rare to hear of people testing positive for COVID-19 on two separate occasions this far apart, but that’s the case for Martin, who detailed his recent experience while speaking with reporters. He has been in isolation and will continue to be until Monday.
“I’m feeling good now, but this thing kicked my tail this time around,” Martin told reporters, including The Athletic’s Josh Kendall. “Physically, I feel fine right now, just waiting to get out of isolation and then do all the medical tests that come with the after care of this thing. I think it’s important that we comprehend that I have dealt with it on two different occasions.”
South Carolina is 3-2 this season, but it’s already had five games either canceled or postponed. The Gamecocks opened SEC play with a 78-54 win over Texas A&M on Jan. 6, but it hasn’t played since.
Despite his second positive COVID-19 test, Martin isn’t having any thoughts about potentially not wanting to finish the rest of this unorthodox season.
“As long as our players want to play, it’s my responsibility to help guide them to the finish line. The reason we did this is because our players wanted to play,” Martin told reporters. “Our guys want to play and they have sacrificed tremendously to try to play.”
South Carolina’s next game is scheduled for Saturday, when it is set to go on the road to face LSU at 8:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network.