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KSU HC Bruce Weber Tests Positive, Expects only Seven Players to Make Trip to WVU

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West Virginia competes against K-State at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on January 23, 2021. (Scott Weaver)

For Bruce Weber, this is unfortunate. The Kansas State head coach was all packed up and ready to make the trip to Morgantown, W. Va., when he found out the news that he tested positive for COVID-19 once again.

Weber was making an attempt to test out of protocols, but to no prevail. Weber announced on his Zoom call with the media that he will be ineligible to coach his Wildcats, as well as only seven scholarship players will be available, on Saturday.

Against Texas, on Tuesday night, the Wildcats were without Bruce Weber and only had seven players available. KSU ended up falling to the Longhorns, 70-57. Other than Weber, the program tried testing out four players and one assistant coach this week, with the coach being the only negative test.

Guard Markquis Nowell is the only Wildcat that didn’t play against Texas that will be able to play on Saturday. Nowell’s 10 days of quarantine ran out, as he missed the Oklahoma and Texas games. Nowell, in his first season with KSU, averages 12.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists.

“I don’t think it’s right, I think it’s unfair,” Weber said on Friday. “I’ve expressed that to the league office last year, I did this year, but that’s the rules and you’ve got to play by the rules.”

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. He currently is an intern with the Final Fourcast podcast. Ethan has covered WVU football and men’s basketball for the last year. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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