We will probably see many situations like this in the coming school year.

CNN reports:

Three dismissed from University of Louisville men’s soccer team after organizing a party

Three University of Louisville men’s soccer players have been dismissed from the team after organizing a party amid the coronavirus pandemic, the school’s athletics department said Thursday. The party may have contributed to the spread Covid-19 among student-athletes.

Three other team members were suspended. The names of the players dismissed or suspended have not been released.

The three players that were dismissed each had prior team violations, the athletics department said, and were primarily responsible for organizing a party on Saturday. The party led to the temporary shutdown of voluntary activities and preseason practice for four Cardinal sports, according to the school.

The University said Wednesday that 29 members of four sports teams had tested positive for Covid-19 and multiple other student-athletes were potentially exposed and in quarantine.

“The primary source of the positive tests…was traced primarily to an off-campus party,” the school’s athletics department said.

“I’m extremely disappointed in these young men and particularly with the three that have been dismissed,” Louisville men’s soccer head coach John Michael Hayden said. “They have demonstrated with their actions now and previously that they do not echo the culture of this program. Our student-athletes are held to a high standard of conduct as representatives of our program and university.”

Louisville Vice President and Director of Athletics Vince Tyra shared Hayden’s sentiment.

“I fully support John Michael’s decision,” Tyra said. “Their history of actions are not in alignment with the values of this university and athletics department.”


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