Playing sports during the pandemic has proved to be difficult. Just on Tuesday, as the Los Angeles Dodgers were winning the World Series, it was shown how easily the virus can penetrate teams.
And now it seems the West Coast Conference is considering building its own bubble.
After Thursday’s practice, Mark Pope was asked about the possibility of playing in a bubble, but the second-year BYU coach wasn’t able to provide much insight.
“I know the WCC is exploring every possible option to give us the best chance to get through our league play,” Pope said.
“You’re always concerned, like, with these cases going up, what’s going to happen,” Pope said. “There’s part of you that’s [thinking], with cases going up, we’re going to have higher mortality numbers. Just like every single person in the state of Utah and around the country, around the world, we’re super concerned and I’m hoping that we can find the safest way to move forward.”
Pope joked that his only concern about playing in a bubble would be where that bubble takes place. If the bubble means the Cougars are stuck in the Bahamas, where Pope could get non-alcoholic margaritas on the beach after games for three weeks, then he’s in. If it means they’re stuck in a podunk town in Wyoming, then he wouldn’t want to do that.
But on a more serious note, Pope did express he was proud with the way the league has handled the pandemic thus far.
But he’s also on board should the league create a bubble. Lohner’s only concerns are that they play and that it be safe for everyone.
However, one of the things that has proved to be most different from high school, especially during the pandemic, has been time management. It has been a bit tougher figuring out how to get schoolwork done, get good rest and fit in practice while juggling the pandemic and added precautions, but Lohner, as well as the rest of the team, is figuring it out.
Should the bubble scenario become a reality, it shouldn’t cause too much disruption to the players, most of whom are already taking the majority of their classes online.
“We just want to win games,” Lohner said. “And we want to show everybody that we’re a legit basketball program.”