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NCAA: We Can’t Wait Seven Months for College Basketball

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From ESPN:

Midnight Madness could begin earlier than usual this fall after the NCAA’s Legislative Council approved a new rule.

One change would allow teams to hold up to 30 days of practice in the six weeks leading up to their first regular-season game. Previously, teams had only four weeks to get those practices in.

Another change would eliminate the starting time for the first permissible workouts. Currently, teams are not allowed to begin until 5 p.m. on the Friday closest to Oct. 15. The new rule would allow schools to make their own judgment about the starting time when practice begins.

Unless the NCAA’s board of directors rejects the proposal at its May 2 meeting, the rule will go into effect this fall.

What does this mean for UK?  Well, potentially it means less time to wait for Big Blue Madness in October.  I don’t think anyone will complain about that.  But, possibly better, it would mean more practice time for the young Cats leading up to the regular season.  With so many new faces coming in year after year, the more practice time, the better, for Kentucky.  If this change goes into effect, which looks likely, don’t expect to see the usual “deer in the headlights” freshmen come tipoff in November.  Rather, you’ll see guys who are more comfortable with Cal, and the system who are ready to start playing from Day 1 of the regular season.

Good news all around.  Now if the NCAA could give us Enes back, we’ll call it even.

Article written by Corey Nichols

15 Comments for NCAA: We Can’t Wait Seven Months for College Basketball



  1. Jeff Garlin
    7:14 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    The NCAA make a good decision for a change!



  2. big blue madness
    7:14 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Also means a better chance for good weather so we can have me at commonwealth stadium.



  3. Cawoodscourt
    7:34 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    So practice will start same day classes do, sounds good. Give these guys that kind of time together and WHOA, hang on to your ass Mirtle!



  4. Mirtle
    7:54 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    3) …. Leave my ass outa this!



  5. Hans
    7:59 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    BIG BLUE MADNESS IN COMMONWEALTH MAKE IT HAPPEN!!! Can we get a petition or something??



  6. Paul
    8:53 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Why would they have more practice time? I guess more time to practice between practice, but 30 practices in 4 weeks seems to be the same practice time as 30 practices in 6 weeks, right? What am I missing?



  7. Fadyia
    9:26 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    This would be so fantastic! I’m already eager for he season to begin! I would pay good money to see these new kids practice!



  8. Wrong as usual
    9:33 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Same amount of practices allowed (30) just up to school when they use them.



  9. Scapler
    9:34 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    7. Giv me fiddy bucks and I ll send you some tape dawg.



  10. KewlMoeDee
    9:47 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    7.
    You like Some Velvet Morning?



  11. theSkinny81
    9:48 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    9 – Please take that $50 and apply it toward furthering your education. Wow…



  12. Tom Blevins
    10:27 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I think the NCAA still owes us several. I’m still sore about them ruling Hagen, Ramsey, and Tsiorpoulos inelgible for post season tournament play in 1954.



  13. Still Hate Laettner
    11:33 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Tom, I thought I had issues, but you clearly have me beat.



  14. CPACAT
    9:42 am April 21, 2013 Permalink

    #12, Tom Blevins, And I thought I was “holding on to the hate” too long for the 1975 UK-ucla debacle!

    You go Tom! Keep us on track…The NCAA has been on our butt for much longer than mos people realize!



  15. BIGBLUEDAVE
    7:08 pm April 21, 2013 Permalink

    I wish it still began at midnight! MIDNIGHT MADNESS was the best! The excitement was unparalleled! I get that it’s more family oriented now and starts earlier, but you cannot beat the days of everyone walking from the football game, straight to Midnight Madness! IT. WAS. AWESOME!