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Oklahoma State — KU's 2nd Big 12 opponent — reschedules conference opener because of Cowboys' COVID issues

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Members of the Kansas basketball team warm up Jan. 19, 2016, at Gallagher-Iba Arena, in Stillwater, Okla., prior to the Jayhawks' game at Oklahoma State.

Members of the Kansas basketball team warm up Jan. 19, 2016, at Gallagher-Iba Arena, in Stillwater, Okla., prior to the Jayhawks' game at Oklahoma State. by Nick Krug

Citing “basketball game threshold guidelines,” the Big 12 Conference on Monday announced that the Oklahoma State men’s basketball program’s conference opener against Texas has been moved to Jan. 13.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, when the rest of the conference opens Big 12 play, the game was moved because of COVID-19 issues with the OSU program, according to a Monday report in The Oklahoman.

Oklahoma State’s Big 12 opener — and next game — is now slated for Jan. 4, when the Cowboys play host to No. 6 Kansas at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Tipoff for that game is slated for 8 p.m. on ESPN2.

Like Kansas, the Cowboys’ most recent game took place Dec. 18, when they lost to Houston in a neutral-site contest in Fort Worth, Texas.

OSU (7-4) was supposed to play USC in Oklahoma City on Dec. 21, but that game was canceled because of COVID-19 issues within the Trojans’ program.

The Big 12 recently tweaked its 2021-22 season COVID-19 protocols to allow teams to adjust and better manage the surge of the omicron COVID-19 variant. Rather than the afflicted team being forced to forfeit in the event of a cancellation, the conference said efforts would be made to reschedule games impacted by the pandemic.

The Oklahoma State women’s program also canceled a Tuesday contest with Tulsa because of COVID-19 issues.

Comments

Dirk Medema 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Much like the NFL, the forfeiture policy seemed to be veiled coercion to vaccinate without a mandate. In light of the fact that vaccination is not preventing the spread of the disease, the policy has to change.

Last year, they built the makeup week into the schedule. Does this year’s schedule include a makeup week?

With Omi being so much more contagious than previous versions, it would seem that we might have even more cancellations this year than last.

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