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NC State pauses basketball activities, won’t play FAU on Saturday

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In what might have been an inevitability after NC State canceled its game against Michigan, the Wolfpack decided to pause all basketball activities on Wednesday, putting the program on the shelf for an indefinite amount of time.

The Wolfpack will not play its scheduled game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday, which makes three straight cancellations after a member of State’s travel party tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday.

“This was a difficult, but ultimately necessary decision for our program,” head coach Kevin Keatts said. “The health and safety of our student-athletes and staff will always come first. After consulting with our medical team, we decided the appropriate measure was to pause all team activities effective immediately.”

There are now two members of the travel party who are positive, and that’s as specific as NC State is willing to get.

It’s reasonable to figure the Pack’s trip to Louisville on the 16th is in jeopardy at this point, particularly given that Louisville has its own coronavirus problems.

Wake Forest paused last week, and Virginia canceled its trip to Michigan State after a positive case within the Cavaliers’ program. Across the country, dozens of programs have been paused. This is not a shocking development with COVID exploding in this country yet again.