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NC State Forced to Forfeit in CWS Due to COVID

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NC State had just 13 players Friday because of COVID-related issues, used 12 of those players, and lost to Vanderbilt 3-1 at the College World Series.

Just after 2 a.m. EST Saturday, the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee declared the Vanderbilt-NC State Men’s College World Series game scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. Central time a no-contest because of COVID-19 protocols.

“This decision was made based on the recommendation of the Championship Medical Team and the Douglas County Health Department,” a statement reads. “As a result, Vanderbilt will advance to the CWS Finals. The NCAA and the committee regret that NC State’s student-athletes and coaching staff will not be able to continue in the championship in which they earned the right to participate.  Because of privacy issues, we cannot provide further details.”

“This is a heartbreaking situation and I’m gutted for everyone involved and for all those that were captivated by the heart and fight of this team,” NC State head baseball coach Elliott Avent said. “Our medical staff and our players have been incredible this season with all they’ve done to keep us safe and get us ready to play, day in and day out.”

ESPN reports that Avent asked his players if they wanted to forfeit Friday afternoon’s CWS Bracket 1 final — they’d need to lose twice to Vanderbilt to be eliminated — and it took roughly 6 seconds for the Wolfpack to say no. Then they almost pulled off an upset in one of the most bizarre moments in CWS history.

Shortly after playing with half of a roster Friday because of COVID-19 protocols, Avent declined to say whether he has encouraged his players to be vaccinated and wouldn’t say whether he has been.

“If you want to talk baseball, we can talk baseball,” Avent said. “If you want to talk politics or stuff like that, you can go talk to my head of sports medicine, Rob Murphy.”

According to d1baseball.com, two unvaccinated NC State players tested positive for COVID-19 this week, prompting NCAA to test the entire roster, including vaccinated players. Four more positive tests came back, all from vaccinated individuals.

OutKick’s Clay Travis said it’s insane any games are being canceled for COVID positive tests. “All of this is nonsensical. None of the players are at any risk at all,” he said.

Vanderbilt will advance to the College World Series final after NCAA rules second Vanderbilt-NC State game a “no-contest” because of COVID issues with NC State. Vandy will face Texas or Mississippi State.

Written by Meg Turner

Meg graduated from the University of Central Florida and writes and tweets about anything related to sports. She replies to comments she shouldn't reply to online and thinks the CFP Rankings are absolutely rigged. Follow her on Twitter at @Megnturner_ and Instagram at @Megnturner.

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  1. This nonsense is going to continue until people stand up to it. In almost every instance where people aren’t dealing with this stupidity it’s because the people refused to comply and the “leaders” had to go along or the leaders refused to comply with the “experts”. What would be great to see is the coaches that always preach doing the right thing regardless of whether it’s popular band together and refuse to play. Won’t happen though for reasons that are self evident.

  2. Disgusting and asinine. I’ve already told me kids that “when I was their age” the country wasn’t a shit show led by people who have no clue what they’re doing, who determine if things are popular by looking at opinions of less than 10% of the population, on a platform that merely allows the legitimately stupid prove their stupidity. Then they get told by unofficial state media that everything they are doing is great. Of course the NCAA is run by idiots too, so it was to be expected.

  3. As a life long Wolfpack fan this is par for the course for us. Could just be my tin foil hat messing up my thinking but a lot of NCSU fans feel that the NCAA hates us. Look at what we had to suffer from the supposedly horrible infractions from the Valvano years and compare that to the UNC-Cheat violations and what was their punishment. The NCAA needed the two superstar pitchers on Vandy to be on TV so they could hype the game for ratings and we as usual were the underdog fighting our guts out. It gave those ass hats an easy out and if they got to stick it to us then all the better. Our AD and Coach Avent should be raising holy hell and calling out the stupidity of it all.
    We are the black sheep of the state and our fan base is predominately working class people who could give two shits about virtue signaling and political correctness.
    Fish heads to those SOB’s and as always…..GO PACK!

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