TAYLOR COUNTY—It’s not too early to be thinking about winter sports already, is it?
On Monday, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt issued a statement on the continued preparations for the 2020-21 season and declared that possible alternatives are being considered for the original November 10th start date as a result of the current pandemic.
“As we prepare for the 2020-21 college basketball season, we have exercised patience and discipline in monitoring the effects of COVD-19 and making decisions regarding the season,” Gavitt said. “We have learned a great deal over the course of the summer, and with health and safety being our priority, we have developed and studied contingency plans for alternatives to the scheduled Nov. 10th start date.”
According to Gavitt, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees will collaborate to finalize recommendations for the start of the college basketball season.
“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,” he said.
Mid-September is likely the just the first step in a series of important decisions that must be made in order to hold a regular college basketball season and postseason tournaments.
The 2020-21 season is scheduled to tipoff on Tuesday, November 10th in Chicago at the State Farm Champions Classic, which will feature Duke vs. Michigan State and Kansas vs. Kentucky.
West Virginia is scheduled to begin its season on the same date against Fairleigh Dickinson in Morgantown.
But then again, all of this may change again tomorrow.
“We recognize that we are living and operating in an uncertain time,” concluded Gavitt. “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.”