Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak revealed Monday in his weekly radio appearance with ESPN 700 that he has tested positive for COVID-19, as have a number of players within the program. Krystkowiak's announcement of his diagnosis comes just days after CBS Sports' Matt Norlander reported that the program was pausing team activities on a temporary basis because of multiple positive COVID-19 tests.
Krystkowiak did not specify who or how many had contracted the virus, but said that the "lion's share" of players who were living together between two houses were infected.
"We have five guys living in one house and we've got three guys living in another house, thinking that we could stay away from the public and kind of isolate ourselves," he said. "Well, the lion's share of those guys got it."
The outbreak forced Utah on Monday to call off its season-opener on Friday against New Orleans.
"The Runnin' Utes will not be playing New Orleans as reported after consulting with the team medical staff," Utah said in a statement via The Salt Lake Tribune. "The decision to not play was made to keep the health and safety of the student-athletes, coaches and support staff at the forefront for both teams."
Utah announced on Nov. 13 that it had multiple positive antigen tests within the program, and it subsequently conducted a round of PCR testing. It's not clear the results of those tests, but it's possible the team has gone nearly two weeks without practice based on that timeline and Pac-12 protocols.
With the outbreak and subsequent program pause, Utah, barring any setbacks in dealing with the virus, will open its season against Washington on Dec. 3.
Krystkowiak joins a steadily-growing list of college coaches who have been infected in recent weeks. Among those who have also tested positive include Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, Tennessee's Rick Barnes and Toledo's Tod Kowalczyk.