UA women's assistant to miss Florida game

By: Seth Campbell
Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Arkansas guard Chelsea Dungee (33) and assistant coach Todd Schaefer talking along the sideline as the Razorbacks play LSU at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
Arkansas guard Chelsea Dungee (33) and assistant coach Todd Schaefer talking along the sideline as the Razorbacks play LSU at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Arkansas associate head coach Todd Schaefer will miss the Razorbacks' game against Florida on Thursday due to a positive covid-19 test in his family, Razorbacks coach Mike Neighbors said Wednesday.

With Schaefer out, Neighbors has switched to coaching the team's defense.

"When I was an assistant coach, that's what I did," Neighbors said. "I was the defense, and it was kind of fun to be back out there."

With Neighbors taking over defensive duties, assistant coach Chantel Osahor has taken over the offensive side of the ball for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas has also received extra help from Amber Shirey, the program's director of basketball operations.

"There is a waiver this year that allows a few extra people to come onto the floor, so Coach Shirey has been very helpful this week in preparing for Florida and their defense," Neighbors said. 

The positive covid-19 test has not impacted the availability of any other coaches or players on the Razorbacks' roster. 

"We're not going to stop covid, obviously," Neighbors said. "That's uncontrollable, but the tracing can be something that we do control."

The Razorbacks have taken multiple steps to limit contact tracing, including spacing out during timeouts, not entering the locker room at halftime, traveling to away games on the day of the game, and not standing near other players during free throws. 

"We have not had one game even in jeopardy because of contact tracing," Neighbors said. "Do I think that we are at a disadvantage because of the way we do our timeouts? Yes. Do I think it's a disadvantage to not go into the locker room at halftime? Absolutely. Do I think traveling the day of the game is harder than not traveling the day of the game? One thousand percent.

"But we're still playing. ... As long as we continue to lead the country in games played – I know that's not a stat anybody gives a crap about – it means something to us this particular year."

The Razorbacks are one of six SEC teams to have played all four of their scheduled conference games this season.

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