UConn’s Geno Auriemma critical of some of NCAA Tournament’s ‘ridiculous’ COVID-19 protocols

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Geno Auriemma looking perplexed on the sidelines
Geno Auriemma looking perplexed on the sidelines

UConn women's basketball head coach Geno Auriemma was highly critical of the COVID-19 protocols at the NCAA Tournament during his press conference on Sunday.

Auriemma, who has been outspoken about this year's season in general being played with multiple cancellations due to the ongoing pandemic, had this to say about what's been going on in Texas.

"Some of the protocols are absolutely beyond ridiculous I have to say. You got to wait an hour to go down the elevator because only four people are allowed in the elevator at the same time. Meanwhile, four of the same teammates that just spent the last 45 minutes together. Kinda bizarre right?

"We were just at practice together and now only four of us can go in the elevator at the same time. That’s just one. Two, you can’t go outside because you can only walk around the block. So say, ‘Hey, how about we make time for the team. Every team can schedule a time to go sit out. They got this really nice pool deck you can sit out and get some sun.’ No. Ok.

Auriemma also mentioned how food is brought to hotel rooms and placed on the floor instead of teams going out and having a meal together.

"We're actually being held hostage just so you can play basketball," he said.

Through it all, though, he knows his players want to be out on the court.

"I think the kids have handled it incredibly well, but it's just unsusual," he said.