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NCAA planning on-time start for college basketball: “We’ve got a high level of confidence.”

The NCAA is planning an on-time start for college basketball, with the season scheduled to begin on November 10.

In an interview with NCAA.com’s Andy Katz, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt said that while there is “uncertainty” in the world of sports due to the coronavirus, the organization is planning on moving forward as planned.

“Of course there’s uncertainty for all of us around the game. Obviously, we’re all looking forward to the NBA finishing their season, the Playoffs, crowning a world champion,” said Gavitt. “We’re hoping that goes great because it’s just a great thing for the game, all the players and those of us that love it.

“In college basketball, we are still planning on starting the season, right now, on schedule on November 10.”

With many schools – Kentucky being one – already bringing its players on campus, along with others set to return to campus and begin basketball activities in the coming weeks, there is a “high level of confidence” that the season will be played.

“We have plans across the country through our schools and conferences to bring students back to campus safely this month, in August, and then in early September,” he said. “Many players have been on campus for weeks now, training on campus in a very safe way. They’ve been very happy to be back playing the game they love with their coaches. We’ve got a high level of confidence.”

In one of the strongest statements we’ve seen from the organization since the pandemic canceled the NCAA Tournament back in March, Gavitt said that as long as basketball is being played safely anywhere in the world, they’ll find a way to play college basketball.

“As long as basketball is being played safely anywhere in the world this season, we’ll be playing NCAA college basketball as well, both regular season and certainly the tournament in 2021,” said Gavitt. “We’ve got all sorts of plans and alternatives that we’re looking at in order to be able to do that in a safe and responsible way. But a high level of confidence that there’s going to be, while different, a great experience playing college basketball again for those guys that want to come back to school, finish their education, and have a great college basketball experience.

Regarding an official announcement on the season, Gavitt says the expectation is to have something in place by September to confirm the NCAA’s plans to start on Nov. 10.

“I think at this point, we’re looking at some time in September having to make decisions about whether we stick with our plan to start on November 10 or consider other alternatives,” he said. “We’ll continue to look at those alternatives and contingencies. We need to be patient, we need to learn, we need to see how the fall sports – football, in particular – start, how the NBA finishes their season, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, the NHL. And we’re doing that.

“We know so much more today than we did a month ago. Of course, we need the help of everyone who loves sports across the country to wear masks and socially distance, have good hygiene, and help stop the spread of this terrible disease.”

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

13 Comments for NCAA planning on-time start for college basketball: “We’ve got a high level of confidence.”



  1. Lip Man 1
    7:50 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha LOL.



    • sharpshooter81
      11:17 pm August 1, 2020 Permalink

      Curious what is that funny?



    • PensacolaCat
      12:15 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

      Because every post that he makes is about how he thinks playing sports is going to kill everybody. He lives in constant fear of his shadow and the boogie man.



    • UKBigBlueForever
      3:10 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

      What he said



  2. ukkatzfan
    7:42 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Did they take into account that females would be arriving on campus between now and November ? Good luck with that idea NCAA.



  3. UKFanSC
    8:01 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

    Absent some sort of total isolation plan, there is no way this season will happen. NCAA football players are already banding together and resisting playing. Expect major league baseball to cancel their season within the next week or two until we get a vaccine sports as we know it is highly unlikely.



    • sharpshooter81
      10:47 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

      @UKFanSC—just for hypothetical reasons, say we don’t have an effective vaccine in the next 3yrs or possibly ever? You think sports isn’t going to be played? The incontrovertible answer is yes sports will be played because they can’t nor should they be cancelled maybe past this year. We have to learn to live with this virus if we don’t find a cure or preventative vaccine. Life and sports must and will go on no matter what.



    • Megan
      12:08 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

      So if MLB isn’t cancel by August 16, two full weeks from now, may we jeer you for being a misguided blowhard? I believe in accountability. On the flip side, if it is canceled by then, I’ll tip my hat. But I like the odds. I don’t think you know what you’re talking about. Let’s see. The clock is running.

      I don’t understand the attraction of making bold opinionated statements. Is it to get attention? To gain a sense of self-worth? To cause trouble? You tell me, Nostradamus. Guys in particular need to stop doing their impression of Stephen A. Smith.



  4. Racerr11
    9:27 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

    We will have both football and basketball this year.



    • sharpshooter81
      1:27 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

      I agree Racer. Two main reasons: college age student athletes are in the lowest percentage of getting the virus and very low of transmitting it to other people. And the other one which some people don’t think should be important is money.



  5. kentuckybackupplayer
    9:48 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

    high level of confidence for basketball and all over the map about football? is it the shape of the ball?



    • Megan
      12:09 pm August 2, 2020 Permalink

      That made me smile.



  6. light my fire
    11:26 am August 2, 2020 Permalink

    If protest and riots are allowed then so should sports.

    If Andy’s son is allowed to go around playing baseball then why shouldn’t everyone get to play