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Rick Pitino suggests college basketball should start in January

Rick Pitino, head coach of your Ioan Gaels men’s basketball program, has a suggestion for the start of college basketball: push it back to January and only play the league games.

Pitino tweeted his plan Wednesday afternoon, saying, “Suggestion to the NCAA, push the start of the season back to January and only play league games. Buy some more time for a vaccine and to get things under control. Although I can’t wait to be back on the sidelines, the health of my players and staff is what’s really important.”

I’ve thought this is a serious option for awhile now, even wrote about it here. Canceling the non-conference doesn’t sound fun for anyone, but we’d keep the league games (hopefully with crowds by then).

The question is, can you make it another six months without college basketball? We’ve never gone that long between Cats games. Ever.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for Rick Pitino suggests college basketball should start in January



  1. KYJelly
    1:35 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    What a kind, considerate human being Rick is for that suggestion. Gotta make sure his players are in a safe environment where they won’t catch diseases … because strippers and squirting to the ceiling is much more sanitary



    • Ned T.
      1:59 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      He did not know anything about that; he told us so.



  2. Ned T.
    2:01 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    I have a better idea. Do what smart countries did and eliminate lockdowns and masks, and let the poulation gain herd immunity. It is already happening anyways.



  3. T-Town Cat
    2:09 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    That would eliminate our games with Kansas, Norte Dame, UCLA, and Louisville. No thanks.



  4. sharpshooter81
    2:32 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    And what happens if there is no vaccine which is a very strong possibility? College football is planning on starting on time in late August early September, so college basketball can start on time too in November. Have to figure out a way to coexist with the vaccine because again there may never be a vaccine and this virus will mostly likely be around for the foreseeable future and possibly longer.



    • sharpshooter81
      2:33 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry meant to say coexist with the virus.



  5. Bluebloodtoo
    4:40 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    Which is Pitino speak for : my team really sucks. If be embarrassed to put this team on the floor before January. I need to buy some practice time somehow.



  6. Lip Man 1
    5:43 pm July 1, 2020 Permalink

    For once I agree with Rick.



  7. The Big Lebowski
    4:02 am July 2, 2020 Permalink

    Test however many folks are needed for minimal staffing.

    Keep those folks under sequestration.

    Play the games.

    This includes Players, Coaches, Refs and anyone else needed to stage the games.

    Test during the season to ensure.

    It can’t be that difficult for a competent organization.