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Ford says he had 'tough go' with COVID during radio interview

Ford says he had 'tough go' with COVID during radio interview

Duquesne Dukes vs St. Louis University Billikens men's basketball

St. Louis University Billikens head coach Travis Ford walks off the court after his team lost to Duquesne in a men's basketball game between the Duquesne Dukes and the St. Louis University Billikens at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Photo by David Carson,

St. Louis University coach Travis Ford said in an interview with KTRS (550) Friday night he had a “tough go” with his own case of COVID-19, but that he has recovered along with the many players who tested positive.

Ford said he expects all players to be back to practice by Thursday and that both games next week could be postponed, pushing the next game to possibly Jan. 26 at home against Dayton.

“You try to prepare for it, but this is unchartered territory,” he said. “We’re taking it day by day, trying to figure it out. I will say our team is healthy at this point. Guys are feeling great. We’re anxious to get back on the court.”

SLU has had five Atlantic 10 games postponed and could see that number rise to seven.

Ford had previously been guarded about information regarding the positive tests that put the Billikens into quarantine Dec. 30, indicating he was not at liberty to talk about that information. On KTRS, he told Post-Dispatch columnist Ben Frederickson and 550’s Brendan Wiese that close to 80% of players tested positive after only two were positive initially.

Ford has been out of isolation for about a week and players began emerging from quarantine Wednesday with some going through individual workouts in recent days.

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