Matt Norlander has been a busy man over at CBSSports.com where today he has two new reports regarding the future of the current college basketball season as it enters its final months.
First, Norlander wrote a story about the upcoming conference tournaments and if they should be shut down for a second consecutive year. He polled several coaches across the game and found that 73 percent of them are for playing out the conference tournaments as planned, but there are good reasons among the crowd of people who would rather sit out. You can read his conference tournament story here.
But the conference tournament debate won’t matter if the regular season isn’t finished, a growing concern among commissioners and athletic directors as COVID numbers climb nationwide, Norlander writes. “There is a growing sense of nervousness over the stability of the college basketball season.”
Quoted in the story is Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette McGlade, also a men’s basketball selection committee member, who says, “I think the anxiety level is high for myself and a lot of my colleagues and a lot of coaches. It’s a constant — everyone is just holding their breath.”
Big Sky commissioner Tom Wistrcill told CBS Sports, “There has been concern, there is concern and will be concern going forward. The virus has been really unpredictable. It’s been hard for us to manage as a country, it’s hard for our level, both from getting students back to classes and getting into school, and for basketball teams to travel around and get games in. Everything I’ve tried to guess and plan out about the virus hasn’t worked. It’s really hard to sit here today on the 19th of January and say, ‘I’ve got a really good feeling about this, this and this going forward.'”
Read more here on the uneasiness around college athletics. Other than that and Kentucky being historically bad, I hope you’re having a great week. Enjoy your Thursday evening.