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UConn Coach Geno Auriemma Tests Positive for the Coronavirus

The top-ranked Huskies will travel to San Antonio on Tuesday for the women’s national basketball tournament, the university said, and Auriemma is expected to rejoin the team on March 24.

The Connecticut women’s basketball coach, Geno Auriemma, tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday, the university announced Monday, just hours before the N.C.A.A. selected and placed teams in the women’s national basketball tournament.

“I’m feeling well but disappointed that I will be away from the team for the next several days,” Auriemma said in the university’s statement.

UConn, ranked No. 1 in the country,was expected to travel on Tuesday morning to San Antonio, where every round of the national tournament is to be held because of coronavirus concerns. The Huskies will leave without Auriemma, who is expected to rejoin them on March 24, the day after his 67th birthday.

Under Auriemma, UConn has dominated women’s college basketball, winning 11 N.C.A.A. Division I titles, more than any other team.

Deena Casiero, director of sports medicine and the team’s head doctor, said contact tracing protocols found that since March 12 no other team member had been in close enough contact with Auriemma to need to quarantine.

“Given the fact that we have been doing daily testing for the past seven days, we feel confident that we were able to catch this very early on in the disease process,” Casiero said in the UConn statement.

Auriemma is not experiencing symptoms and isolating at home, the university said, and received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine on March 10.

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