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NCAA Considers Starting 2020-21 College Basketball Season Two Weeks Early

College basketball could return to action sooner than expected.

The NCAA has proposed moving the start date for the 2020-21 basketball season up two weeks. Instead of tipping off in November, the NCAA’s top basketball executive, Dan Gavitt, tells Sports Illustrated the season may begin as early as Oct. 27.

The early start to the season would give schools more scheduling flexibility, allowing them to front-load the schedule in the event that games in the middle of winter are canceled by COVID-19. The proposal is a response to the changes in how classes will be conducted at most campuses this year, with in-person classes on campuses ending at Thanksgiving for a prolonged winter break. Keeping student-athletes on campus for six weeks while other students are home during the pandemic isn’t necessarily great for optics.

“At this point it’s just a concept,” Gavitt said. “But we have presented it to the conference commissioners and the oversight committees. The ball is in their court. It has some utility, adds some flexibility and options with the (academic) calendar changing, which could affect the break period.”

Gavitt’s scheduling proposal was submitted to conference leaders two weeks ago. So far the primary response he’s received has been, “we’ll wait and see” as officials attempt to sort out how to play out the 2020 college football season.

Kentucky is currently scheduled to start the season against Kansas in the Champions Classic Nov. 10 in Chicago. If 8-12 mid-winter games must be canceled as Gavitt suggests, Kentucky would need to find some local teams to play in October and November. The good news is that Drew Franklin has already done the heavy lifting for Mitch Barnhart and DeWayne Peevy.

[Sports Illustrated]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for NCAA Considers Starting 2020-21 College Basketball Season Two Weeks Early

  1. michaelb
    8:07 pm July 6, 2020 Permalink

    Indiana is a must , it needs home & home rotation again, it’s good for basketball period. Stop with the echoes of ‘I don’t like how rowdy the fans got after we lost’. That’s loser talk. Quit being sissy’s and lets kick some Hoosier are again . I don’t care if cal said it . Toughen up

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:24 pm July 6, 2020 Permalink

      Loser talk? Sissys? Dude, they trampled players and fans. It’s their fault for not controlling their mob.

  2. dan1965
    9:19 pm July 6, 2020 Permalink

    It’s not loser talk,and it’s not being a sissy,when are you going to understand you don’t, DON’T promote bad behavior by giving them a toy!
    They acted like thugs, we’re not willing to just let that slide,their punishment is they can play,but they play under our rules now,neutral court !
    Same way a child shouldn’t be given what they want when they throw their toy at a friend, or do something they weren’t suppose to,we aren’t going to just let you have the toy back,no we learned that lesson,you acted like babies,so were taking your toys,and your playing with what we say,or you don’t play !
    So again,it’s about THEIR BAD BEHAVIOR, and to just sit and forget it is rewarding their bad behavior ,so we took their freaking toy !!! Lol

    • CrystalBall
      10:59 pm July 6, 2020 Permalink

      Agree with your comments, dan1965. Besides, can’t have a home and home because IU vowed
      never to play another game in Rupp Arena.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      11:24 pm July 6, 2020 Permalink


  3. bbn606
    8:13 am July 7, 2020 Permalink

    Does this mean we will have February madness?