South Carolina head men’s basketball coach Frank Martin has been an open critic of the current protocols with regards to Covid-19 and its effect on college athletics. Martin opined recently that, “if you’re vaccinated and you’re asymptomatic, you should not get tested. The vaccine doesn’t prevent you from being positive.” He went on to add that current protocols are no different than how things were handled last year when the Coronavirus pandemic was at its peak. “I don’t know how we’re going to be able to play a season with policies that were in place pre-vaccination.”
The veteran head coach’s outlook is gaining traction as the Gamecocks announced on Monday that Wednesday’s matchup against instate rival South Carolina State has been postponed. It comes on the same day that the ACC announced three league games were postponed, including Clemson’s matchup with Duke on Wednesday.
Per a statement from USC Athletics, due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols, South Carolina and South Carolina State have agreed to postpone the scheduled Dec. 29 matchup between the two schools on the hardwood. A makeup date has not been determined at this time.
The Gamecocks will now begin SEC play at 9-3 on the season as USC’s next scheduled game is its conference opener on January 4th at home versus Auburn. Tipoff is set for 6:30pm at the Colonial Life Arena.