NCAA Will Decide Mid-September if College Basketball Season Can Start on Time

John Healy
August 17, 2020 - 10:05 pm

As the debate around whether or not to play college football this fall continues to simmer, the NCAA is already putting things in motion for what to do with the college basketball season.

NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt released a statement on Monday detailing that it is exploring contingency plans if the season cannot begin on Nov. 10 with a goal to decide by mid-September of the season will need to be delayed.

“In the coming weeks, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees will take the lead with me in a collaborative process of finalzing any recommendations for consideration by the NCAA Division I council for the start of the college basketball season,” he said. “By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time or a short-term delay is necessitated by the ongoing pandemic.”

Gavitt added the mid-September timeline is just the first of “many important decisions pertaining to the regular season and the NCAA basketball championships.”

He added that there will need to be “flexibility resulting in a different and perhaps imperfect season.”

Some conferences, such as the Ivy League, have postponed all sports for the rest of the calendar year, meaning that basketball would not start until January the earlies.

The NCAA had to nix its conference tournaments as well as the March Madness tournament earlier this year after the coronavirus pandemic first arrived in the United States.

“The ultimate goal,” Gavitt says, “is to safely provide student-athletes and teams with a great college basketball experience.”

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