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PRock

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It would have been a PR disaster for VCU to have pushed the basketball players to the front of the line in the wake of their flap with not vaccinating the medical students. I was wondering if the NCAA would give teams cover and try to facilitate at least some team vaccinations, but its a prisoner's delimma for just one team to unilaterally decide they are going to get the vaccine.
Agree it would have been problematic, but then again most things seem to be in today’s environment. Water under the bridge anyway—appreciate the perspective.
 
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We can all have our opinions about whether forcing VCU to forfeit was proper, but two things here are interesting to me:
- 1) Even if you feel VCU should have had to forfeit, hopefully we can all agree that that thus means the "five healthy players" rule was totally inconceivable, dumb and shouldn't have been put in place in the first place. Either they should have stated: "If you have one positive, or more than one positive, you're out," or they should have stuck with the rules they originally put in place for this very situation.
- 2) Even if you feel VCU should have had to forfeit, hopefully we can all agree that it'd be worthwhile to get an update from the program in due course (likely via a report from a media member) about whether a further outbreak with additional staff/players was confirmed or if those three ended up being the only positives. While it won't get us our NCAA Tournament game back, it could at least give us all some peace of mind about whether it would have been disastrous to allow us to play or if it appears that it wouldn't have been disastrous.
 

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We can all have our opinions about whether forcing VCU to forfeit was proper, but two things here are interesting to me:
- 1) Even if you feel VCU should have had to forfeit, hopefully we can all agree that that thus means the "five healthy players" rule was totally inconceivable, dumb and shouldn't have been put in place in the first place. Either they should have stated: "If you have one positive, or more than one positive, you're out," or they should have stuck with the rules they originally put in place for this very situation.
- 2) Even if you feel VCU should have had to forfeit, hopefully we can all agree that it'd be worthwhile to get an update from the program in due course (likely via a report from a media member) about whether a further outbreak with additional staff/players was confirmed or if those three ended up being the only positives. While it won't get us our NCAA Tournament game back, it could at least give us all some peace of mind about whether it would have been disastrous to allow us to play or if it appears that it wouldn't have been disastrous.

To your first point, there is more to the rule than just having 5 players not test positive. Pretty sure the seven consecutive negative tests starts once a program goes in pause, and that is what VCU did - just like every other team that had positive tests during the season, including both UVA and Kansas in their respective tournaments. Kind of hard to get in seven COVID tests in three days. (Wednesday - Saturday)

To your second point, there is a law that protects patient's rights. It's called HIPPA. You, nor any other third party, are "entitled" to a third party medical update unless the patient in writing allows that information to be shared. HIPPA has been around at lot longer than COVID.
 
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FWIW—it was a no contest, not a forfeit. No game occurred. Understand it is splitting hairs, but this is an odd case where we made the field and left with a 0-0 record.
 
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@PRock - I agree with you, but we should tell that to the Wall Street Journal lol:
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Virginia Commonwealth became the first team to forfeit a game in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament’s 82-year history after several members of the team tested positive for Covid-19
March Madness Is Hit With Its First Covid Forfeit
March Madness Is Hit With Its First Covid Forfeit
An outbreak on the roster of Virginia Commonwealth left it unable to play its NCAA tournament game against Oregon.
wsj.com

The Wall Street Journal doesn't even have a sports section!
 

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I don't allow the terms. 5 players are 5 players, and Im sure we have more. This is total bullpoop and sounds like a big lawsuit. Dick, Art...