- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 30, 2021

After No. 2 Baylor lost Monday night to No. 1 UConn in women’s Elite Eight, Bears coach Kim Mulkey offered a parting thought.

While the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments operated in a pseudo-bubble in Indianapolis and San Antonio, respectively, with daily coronavirus testing, Mulkey thinks the NCAA should “dump” the COVID-19 testing ahead of the Final Four.

“You know, I want to say this to all of ya,” Mulkey said. “I don’t think my words matter, but, after the games today and tomorrow, there’s four teams left, I think, on the men’s side and the women’s side. They need to dump the COVID testing.

“Wouldn’t it be a shame to keep COVID testing, and then you got kids [testing] positive or something, and they don’t get to play in the Final Four? So you need to just forget the COVID tests and let the four teams that are playing in each Final Four go battle it out.”

The NCAA tests players, staffers and coaches daily for the coronavirus. The VCU men’s basketball team had to forfeit its first round game after positive cases, but no other teams have had issues since then.

The women’s Final Four starts Friday, while the men’s Final Four begins Saturday.

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