‘It was a b****’ Capel said of having COVID, calls for stop to college basketball

‘There are a lot of things we don’t know about it’
Capel with mask on
Pitt head coach Jeff Capel Photo credit Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Pitt head coach Jeff Capel is back coaching after missing the game against Louisville due to contracting COVID-19. Capel had a blunt answer as to what it was like dealing with coronavirus.

“It was a bitch,” Capel said Monday.

“It was tough.  I had symptoms.  It was difficult dealing with the symptoms.  The isolation was hard.  I have a little bit better understanding of why solitary confinement is a form of punishment.”

“I understand why Tom Hanks painted a volleyball and turned it into ‘Wilson’ and why he lost his mind when Wilson went away.  It’s difficult.”

Capel later restated his believe college basketball should not be playing games right now.

“We’re not getting paid, and when I say we, I mean the players,” Capel said.  “It’s different to me when you are a professional athlete.  It’s your job and you can make a choice.”

“At the professional level, the rules are the same for each team.  The leagues determine what the protocols are.  Our protocols are across the board.  You have some teams that test every day.  You have some teams that test three times a week.  You have some conferences that do something different.”

“I don’t think we should be playing right now.”

Capel said his experience with COVID didn’t strengthen his believe, he had felt that way.  The Pitt head coach worries we could be subjecting college athletes to future health risks.

“I also think there are a lot of things you don’t know about it,” Capel said.  “A lot of long-term effects.  It’s amazing to me this thing with the kid Keyontae Johnson, and thank God that he’s better, it sounds like it maybe had something to do with COVID with the myocarditis.  It’s absolutely amazing to me it’s not a bigger story.”

Capel’s team will continue to play, scheduled to be at his alma mater, Duke, Tuesday night.