The Syracuse basketball coach introduced the topic during his radio show last week. He has tried at least three different mask/shield combinations since the season started. He has been photographed and viewed on television with his mask down. People have remarked about it.
“For anybody’s information, I do have trouble breathing with a mask. I have bad nasal passages,” he said. “So when I’m on the court, I pull it down to make myself heard and I’m 20 feet away from anybody. If I’m sitting in my chair, I’m 10 feet away from anybody.
“Then when you go in the huddle, I gotta take it down to talk to them. I can’t talk to them through the mask. They don’t hear me. The rest of the time I try to keep it up, try to keep it there. But it’s been hard for me. It’s a hard adjustment. But I’m doing the best I can with it.”
Covid-19 has prompted safety protocols across the nation. TheNCAA and its conferences,including the ACC, require athletes and coaches to physically distance and wear masks in the bench areas to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
At any rate, Covid protocols have prompted college basketball coaches to try a variety of masks in an effort tocomply with directionsfrom their conferences and comfortably coach a game. It’s not unusual to see coaches tug them down to make a point.