UPDATE 12:57 a.m. Hoiberg has been diagnosed with Influenza A, not Covid-19, and his team was released from the locker room.
A conjunction of information from sources and other reports:— Matt Reynoldson (@MattReynKLKN) March 12, 2020
Fred Hoiberg was released from a hospital in Indianapolis after testing negative for a preliminary coronavirus screening. Source said flu symptoms. Team was released from locker room and is back at the hotel.
UPDATE: 11:30 p.m. The Nebraska basketball team is being quarantined.
The Nebraska basketball team is quarantined in the locker room, per source.— Christopher Heady (@heady_chris) March 12, 2020
Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg has been taken to the hospital after appearing to be ill while coaching the Nebraska Cornhuskers to an 89-64 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers on Wednesday night in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg been taken to the hospital, source told @Stadium. Was sick, left the game early and was told to go to be checked out immediately. https://t.co/OPs1nmNTZg— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) March 12, 2020
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, some video of Hoiberg appearing sick certainly doesn’t look great in the current climate.
Fred Hoiberg who is coaching the game while fighting an illness just left the court with several minutes remaining in the game. Hope he’s ok. pic.twitter.com/hBwjl9dQ31— Chris Hassel (@Hassel_Chris) March 12, 2020
It’s very possible, perhaps even likely, that Hoiberg doesn’t have Covid-19 or anything beyond just a regular head cold. But under current circumstances, to be in such close contact with other people and your student-athletes certainly isn’t a good look.
Hoiberg apparently didn’t feel great before the game either, according to opposing coach and bracketology fan Archie Miller.
Just interviewed Archie Miller for @BigTenNetwork and he discussed how Fred Hoiberg told him he wasn’t feeling well prior to game and how he may not finish it. Interview posted soon. I had talked to Fred too and he said he wasn’t feeling great but he didn’t mention not coaching.— Andy Katz (@TheAndyKatz) March 12, 2020
With the loss, the Nebraska basketball season is over, and they were missing two of their two best players for the tournament due to some driving misbehavior around campus.
Let’s hope that’s the worst thing that happened to Nebraska basketball that just finished a 7-25 season, 2-19 in the Big Ten.