By the point Penn State males’s basketball hits the court docket on Wednesday night time to face Illinois, it will not have performed a recreation in 10 days coming off a late final minute loss to Michigan in Ann Arbor.
And naturally this is not all the time a nasty factor. Groups typically spend extra time touring and taking part in than they do practising, and with the Huge Ten schedule set to unfold within the coming weeks, engaged on your self is not the worst technique to spend a while.
That mentioned, nothing beats taking part in an opponent and having a recreation. And Pen State almost did simply that in response to coach Jim Ferry.
“We tried extraordinarily arduous,” Ferry mentioned of scheduling a recreation for this previous weekend. “What made it troublesome to was finals week. Okay, that made it actually troublesome as a result of we’re not taking part in throughout finals week, clearly, let the fellows focus. So I had labored and bought we had gotten to groups that have been actually just about dedicated to taking part in. We’ll have a recreation on Saturday.”
In fact the flexibleness of a COVID-19 world brings each the nice and the dangerous. Groups have extra choices in relation to the fluidity of scheduling out of convention video games, however that additionally means abiding by college, convention and state well being and security laws.
That is the place issues get difficult.
“I bought the decision at round 11 at night time, they mentioned ultimately, the administration simply did not need them to remain in inns the night time earlier than. And you recognize, the way in which we now have our testing protocols, it’s a must to take a look at the day earlier than and the day of So within the final minute, it sort of fell aside – actually the final hour it fell by means of.”
Whereas not all totally vital – for the sake of quenching any mysteries, the Nittany Lions have been in talks with St Francis out of New York in response to a program supply.
With that recreation not within the making, Ferry and his staff bought again to the identical factor that they had been the week prior and what has develop into so frequent in 2020. Conserving to your self.
“It was disappointing,” Ferry mentioned. “It simply exhibits it is simply actually arduous. It is actually, actually arduous to with everyone’s completely different guidelines and protocols and open dates. So we’re disillusioned however you recognize, we moved on, we truly scrimmage ourselves lots on Saturday.”
The Nittany Lions will as an alternative face No. 18 Illinois on Wednesday at 6:30, a barely completely different – and rather more troublesome opponent. It is unknown presently if Penn State beforehand canceled season-opener in opposition to Drexel would in truth rescheduled.