HOUSTON – Joseph Sam wanted to keep his routine as normal as possible.
The Fort Bend Hightower coach the last two weeks on gameday pulled on his black cap with the Hightower logo in the middle and threw on a green quarter-zip pullover even though he wouldn't actually be at the playoff games those nights due to being in close contact with someone with COVID-19.
"I tried to keep my routine as normal as possible, so I got dressed up for the game," Sam said. "I didn't want to change up my routine because I was in the house."
Since December 9, Sam has been quarantining at his home with his wife Mickala, who contracted COVID-19.
Earlier in the week, Sam said she had started to show symptoms, so he had already been distancing himself from his team in case she did test positive so that the team wouldn't be caught up in contact tracing and potentially be eliminated from the playoffs because of it.
"I didn't want to be the reason we got shut down," Sam said.
Entering this week, three Houston-area teams have already been eliminated from the playoffs due to COVID-19 cases and Sam didn't want his to become No. 4.