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NCAA will decide on basketball season by mid-September

We now interrupt SEC Football Schedule Day for a bit of basketball news. NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt just released a statement saying the organization will decide whether or not to start basketball season on-time by mid-September. The first games are scheduled for November 10, including Kentucky vs. Kansas in the Champions Classic, but Gavitt said the NCAA has developed contingency plans should the coronavirus pandemic force a delay.

As we prepare for the 2020-21 college basketball season, we have exercised patience and discipline in monitoring the effects of COVID-19 and making decisions regarding the season. We have learned a great deal over the course of the summer, and with health and safety being our priority, we have developed and studied contingency plans for alternatives to the scheduled Nov. 10 start date.

In the coming weeks, the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees will take the lead with me in a collaborative process of finalizing any recommendations for consideration by the NCAA Division I Council for the start of the college basketball season. By mid-September, we will provide direction about whether the season and practice start on time or a short-term delay is necessitated by the ongoing pandemic.

We recognize that we are living and operating in an uncertain time, and it is likely that mid-September will be just the first milestone for many important decisions pertaining to the regular season and the NCAA basketball championships. While circumstances may warrant flexibility resulting in a different and perhaps imperfect season, the ultimate goal is to safely provide student-athletes and teams with a great college basketball experience.

In the meantime, please wear a mask, wash your hands, and keep your distance so we can watch the Cats win No. 9 this season.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 Comments for NCAA will decide on basketball season by mid-September

  1. mashman 93
    4:16 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    You better have a contingency plan or two because we are not having games on campus man and I have been one of the most optimistic people when it comes to this and my goodness I hope I’m wrong. GO BIG BLUE!!!!!

  2. PensacolaCat
    6:37 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    I’m hopeful about football but with the NCAA in charge of basketball, I doubt we play until after the election.

    • mashman 93
      8:33 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

      First game is November 10th. I can hardly wait for Big Blue Madness!!!! Kidding of course.

  3. mashman 93
    8:32 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    I just read where 45 kids under the age of 15 have died of or with the corona virus since this hit back in March and 13,056 kids under the age of 15 in that same time period have died of something else. WOW!!!

  4. UKFanSC
    9:33 pm August 17, 2020 Permalink

    How is Kansas not serving a penalty by now ?