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Villanova on pause due to COVID-19; Wright, one other staff member test positive

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The team announced the news on Sunday.

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The Villanova Wildcats are on a COVID-related pause due to positive coronavirus test results impacting Tier 1 staff members.

Head coach Jay Wright and one other staff member tested positive, the team announced on Sunday afternoon.

“Our players have been very diligent and disciplined with all of the COVID protocols,” Wright said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we have had two staff members test positive. I am one of them. My symptoms are mild, and we remain connected as a team and staff by phone and Zoom. I am grateful to our team physician, Dr. Mike Duncan, who has worked tirelessly to help guide us safely through this.”

The Wildcats are 8-1 and 3-0 in Big East play. As a result of the shutdown, the game against the Xavier Musketeers on Jan. 2 has been postponed. There hasn’t been a ruling regarding the games after that yet, or when the Xavier game will be rescheduled.