NCAA To Rule On Potential Basketball Season Delay By Mid-September
The NCAA will decide by mid-September whether or not its upcoming basketball season will start on time or be delayed, the organization announced Monday afternoon.
In a press release, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt candidly stated the season could be delayed due to complications surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. He said the NCAA has “exercised patience and discipline” when monitoring the pandemic and has developed contingency plans for alternatives to its planned November 10 start date.
“We recognize that we are living and operating in an uncertain time, and it is likely that mid-September will be just the first milestone for many important decisions pertaining to the regular season and the NCAA basketball championships,” Gavitt said. “While circumstances may warrant flexibility resulting in a different and perhaps imperfect season, the ultimate goal is to safely provide student-athletes and teams with a great college basketball experience.”
Over the next few weeks, Gavitt said the NCAA’s Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees will finalize recommendations for the upcoming season. He added a “short-term delay” could be necessary due to the pandemic.
Although a few conferences, including the Big Ten and Pac-12, have already postponed fall sports, no Power Five conferences have ruled on winter or spring sports. At a conference call Monday, Penn State Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour didn’t provide concrete details on winter or spring sports but believed precautionary measures, including “bubbles,” wouldn’t be viable.
Last week, the Big Ten voted to postpone all of its fall sports, including football, due to the pandemic. Although its programs are attempting to play in the spring, it’s unclear how, if at all, winter and spring sports will be affected.
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