Fred Hoiberg Tests Positive for COVID-19; Nebraska HC to Self-Isolate

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 18, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 11: Head coach Fred Hoiberg of the Nebraska Cornhuskers looks on during a game against the Indiana Hoosiers in the first round of the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 11, 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Robbins

Nebraska men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg announced Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19:

Hoiberg said he has been self-isolating since learning of his diagnosis. The 48-year-old noted he is experiencing symptoms, but his condition has improved.

The Cornhuskers had previously paused activities due to positive tests within the program and announced Sunday they will postpone games through at least Jan. 24. A total of 12 individuals, including seven players, are currently quarantining or in isolation due to safety protocols.

The Cornhuskers had already postponed games against Illinois and Maryland last week and will now miss games against Minnesota and Iowa. A Jan. 5 matchup against Purdue was also postponed, but the team returned to face Indiana on Jan. 10.

The next scheduled game is on Jan. 30 at home against Penn State.

Nebraska is currently 4-8 on the season and 0-5 in the Big Ten.

Hoiberg is in his second year with the program, going 7-25 during the 2019-20 season. He led Iowa State to the NCAA tournament four times in his five years with the program from 2010-15, twice winning the Big 12 Tournament. He left for the Chicago Bulls in 2015 and lasted parts of four seasons before being fired early in the 2018-19 campaign.

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