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Geno Auriemma tests positive for COVID-19, will miss at least UConn’s first round game

Head coach Geno Auriemma of the UConn Huskies reacts during a game against the Marquette Golden Eagles at Mohegan Sun Arena on March 8, 2021 in Uncasville, Connecticut. Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images

The Connecticut Huskies find out their first round opponent Monday evening, but they will be without legendary head coach Geno Auriemma as they open their run for a 12th national championship. The school announced on Monday that Auriemma tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, March 14. He is isolating at his home and is not experiencing any symptoms.

Auriemma was in the process of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, and had received his second shot on March 10. However, he was nine days shy of being fully vaccinated. He has to remain in isolation for 10 days, and if he remains asymptomatic, he would rejoin the team on March 24. Contact tracing protocols revealed that Auriemma did not have close contact with any other team member since Friday, March 12

The tournament starts on March 21 and 22 with the first round, followed by the second round on the 23rd and 24th. His availability for the second round depends on which day his team plays and if he remains asymptomatic.

Auriemma has won 10 national championships at UConn, but none in the last four seasons. His team, led by star freshman Paige Bueckers, is 24-1 this season and will be the No. 1 overall seed in the women’s bracket when it’s announced this evening.