Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns basketball coach Bob Marlin will again miss games due to COVID-19
Louisiana men's basketball Bob Marlin has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the Ragin’ Cajuns’ next two games, the school announced Wednesday.
Marlin will not travel with UL (5-5) to its Sun Belt Conference opener on Thursday (5:30 p.m. CT, ESPN+) at Appalachian State and to its game Saturday (1 p.m., ESPN+) at Coastal Carolina.
Assistant coach Brock Morris will serve as acting head coach for both games.
Morris, also a former South Alabama assistant, coached Daytona State College in Florida during the 2018-19 season before returning to UL for a second stint on Marlin’s staff. He was director of basketball operations during his first stop with the Cajuns.
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This is the second time Marlin has contracted COVID-19.
He also tested positive and missed two games, both at Texas State, last season. Morris coached UL in those two games, and the Cajuns won both.
The Cajuns’ Dec. 20 home game against Loyola (Louisiana) was canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Loyola program.
Also Wednesday, the Sun Belt announced that men’s and women’s basketball games that cannot be played due to the virus will be canceled, considered a no-contest and will not be rescheduled. A team is required to play if it has seven available players, scholarship or non-scholarship, plus one full-time coach. Teams may opt, however, to play with fewer than seven players.