In the aftermath of Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg being sent to the hospital with an illness, the entire Husker basketball team is not leaving Bankers Life Fieldhouse, where the Big Ten Tournament is being held. Andy Katz of NCAA.com provided the initial details.
“Nebraska men’s basketball team is not leaving Bankers Life Arena,” Katz tweeted. “They were brought their food outside the locker room. They are not letting people back to the area now. I just walked back to the area here and they told me no one from Nebraska will be made available.”
The Omaha World Herald confirmed that the team is quarantined in their locker room.
On a day where seemingly every league — and the NCAA Tournament as a whole — announced that they would proceed without fans because of the growing Coronavirus threat, Hoiberg had a scary moment. At one point the TV cameras panned to Hoiberg, obviously struggling with his head down, while one of his assistants appeared to put on hand sanitizer. Hoiberg left the court soon after.
Omaha World-Herald reporter Christopher Heady tweeted that he went in search of Hoiberg after the game, but was “told to remain away from the locker rooms.” Heady tweeted that one security officer told him the decision was “because of a sick coach.” Heady tweeted that he asked if Hoiberg was OK, and was told, “I don’t know.”
And after the game, neither Hoiberg nor his Nebraska team attended the typically mandatory press conference.
Nobody should draw any conclusions, though any issue with Hoiberg’s health creates a bit of a scare as he’s had heart problems in the past.