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Assistant coaches Sadler, Lutz won't travel with Husker hoops when season restarts

Assistant coaches Sadler, Lutz won't travel with Husker hoops when season restarts

North Dakota State vs. Nebraska, 11.28

Nebraska head coach Fred Hoiberg (from left) stands for the national anthem with Husker assistant coaches Doc Sadler and Matt Abdelmassih before a game earlier this season. Sadler and special assistant Bobby Lutz won't travel with the Huskers on road trips for the remainder of the season to protect their health.

As the Nebraska men's basketball team prepares for its first road trip after a three-week COVID-19 pause, the Huskers will head to Michigan State without a pair of staff members.

Assistant coach Doc Sadler and special assistant to the head coach Bobby Lutz will not travel on road trips for the remainder of the season in an effort to protect the health of both men.

"Just because of the importance of trying to keep everybody healthy and minimize the risk as much as possible," NU coach Fred Hoiberg said Friday. "I just told Doc, 'Don't watch "The Bachelor" on Monday.' Make sure he watches the game."

Because of their ages, Sadler, 60, and Lutz, 62, have a higher risk of suffering more severe symptoms from the virus than others in the program.

Both coaches will be able to share their thoughts during Nebraska's games, relaying messages to a staffer on NU's bench who will then pass the thoughts on to Hoiberg during timeouts.

"Right now it's not worth it to me to have extra risk involved with guys that are in high-risk categories," Hoiberg said.

Sadler and Lutz also have been arriving at the Hendricks Practice Facility just before NU starts practice, and leaving immediately after practice in another effort to minimize any potential exposure.

Hoiberg said he and assistant coach Armon Gates will handle the walk-through Saturday before NU plays Michigan State, and those two also will run the practice and walk-through for Nebraska's Monday game at Minnesota.

Nebraska will travel directly from East Lansing, Michigan, to Minneapolis to play the Golden Gophers.

Hoiberg said Nebraska's coaches continue to wear masks during practice. As for the members of the program who have already contracted the virus, Hoiberg said those people don't have to test for 90 days.

The Huskers have 30 Tier 1 individuals — players, coaches, staff members and others who have regular contact with the team — who test daily. Of those 30, about half have already contracted the virus.

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A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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