Under the rules, it sounds to me like if they are available at all then they have to play the game. Maybe I'm misunderstanding.
This will likely be unpopular, but, it seems probable that most, if not all, teams are going to have a bout of omicron before we get out of the season. Other teams are getting their bout out of way during the slow period. I fear we may luck into poor timing on this one and get ours during a peak playing period in-conference.
Makes sense the A10 is struggling. Lots of teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Covid hots spots. Hell, with DC being the #1 hotspot in the country, I am surprised Mason has avoided an outbreak. With the GMU womens team having been hit, it won't be long for the mens program is affected, which is what happened at the U of Wisconsin.
We’ve got more. Also on A-10 postpoment list for Thursday, per sources:
None getting played Thursday. I think the A-10 has been hit as hard—if not harder—by postponements this week than any other league.
Related to this: Thursday’s George Mason-VCU game is postponed due to COVID cases in VCU’s program, according to sources.
Wonder when we will find out about VCU?NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – In advance of conference play, the Atlantic 10 has revised its COVID forfeiture policy. Tuesday, in a previously scheduled Athletic Directors meeting, the group voted to approve a change regarding the postponement and rescheduling of men's and women's basketball games due to...atlantic10.com
"The revision requires teams that have seven available scholarship student-athletes and one countable coach to compete in all conference contests. Teams may also participate with less than seven available student-athletes. If a team elects not to play, despite having seven scholarship student-athletes and one coach available, that team will incur a forfeit and be given a loss in the league standings, and the opposing team will be granted a forfeit win."