NCAA Currently Exploring Four Potential Start Dates For College Basketball

NCAA Currently Exploring Four Potential Start Dates For College Basketball

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NCAA Currently Exploring Four Potential Start Dates For College Basketball

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NCAA Currently Exploring Four Potential Start Dates For College Basketball


Four dates have been mentioned by the NCAA leaving many hopeful of College basketball this winter.


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The NCAA has begun to plan a college basketball start, but don’t hold your breath.

For those of us anxious for any sort of news regarding the 2020-2021 college basketball season, you can now rest a little easier with some newly published news regarding a proposed round of meetings and votes in the coming months.

As reported by Matt Norlander of CBS Sports on Monday afternoon, the NCAA is in the beginning stages of planning for a somewhat on time 2020-2021 basketball season with four potential dates announced.

The governing body has provided a timeline document to conference commissioners obtained by CBS Sports. A key element listed was four options for a college basketball start, placed on the table by the NCAA.

Option #1

First practices allowed: Sept. 29th

First Day of the season: Nov. 10th

Option #2

First practices allowed: Oct. 9th

First Day of the season: Nov. 2

Option #3

First practices allowed: Oct. 14th

First Day of the season: Nov. 25th

Option #4

First practices allowed: Oct. 24th

First Day of the season: Dec. 4th

Some other entities involved are the NCAA’s men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees and men’s basketball selection committee, which are holding their own meetings on Wednesday to discuss the aforementioned potential start dates and other items. Topics to be discussed should include other potential “start-of-season options not listed, the latest recommended models being shared with the NCAA’s Covid-19 Medical Advisory board, plus a myriad logistical questions, concerns and curiosities that exist with non-conference scheduling.” according Norlander’s report.

You can read the entire article here, but to give a cleaner representation of some key dates ahead I created some bullet points instead.

  • A tentative meeting between the men’s and women’s oversight committees is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 31st.
  • Hopefully a decision can be made on an actual start date for the upcoming season, with the first week of September seen as a target date for the NCAA to settle on some sort of model to bring to the Division I Council set to make a vote on.
  • That vote by the Division I Council will take place on Sept. 16th.
  • Proceded by a vote by the men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees.
  • That would be followed by a meeting being planned by the NCAA between themselves and the council on either Oct. 13th or 14th.

It’s nice to see the NCAA flex some power in the decision process involving basketball after being rendered ineffective when it came to any ideas at the FBS college football level.

Still nothing seems concrete at the moment, from dates on when to meet for further discussion to the video service to be used to do so, nothing is being promised.

Either way, the general consensus from folks around the country is to start the season somewhat as planned in 2020. Athletic directors and coaches debate, discuss and joke about the unknown start of college basketball and what it will look like.

At the moment no idea appears to be off the table but a frequently mentioned time frame from coaches appears to be a start right after Thanksgiving. With many on board with that idea given the anticipated lack of students and faculty on campus for the holiday break. Many are concerned with how individual campuses will respond to hosting games next season given already negative results of institutions welcoming students to campus the past couple of weeks.

Another option not to be left out of discussions is starting up come January, but that appears to be a discussion come later this fall. When some more time has elapsed and the situation as a whole can be looked at with more understanding.

This was actual news regarding the 2020-2021 college basketball season, which was nice. But there is a very baby steps sort of feeling to this, we’ll see.

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