Hey, Rick, you're just getting back to the college hoops game, let's not mix things up like this just yet. Don't get me wrong, the health of everyone involved is obviously the most important thing - don't think that needs to be said, but I'm saying it regardless. But it's July 1. Let's wait until we see how things go with college football season. Let's wait and see what happens the next couple months. Although now I'm wondering if Pitino is scared of his nonconference schedule more than anything else right now.
Not to mention (again all health aside, let me be very clear about that) this would be the worst possible thing for a team like Iona. Losing those nonconfernece games - whether it's a buy game where the atheltic department is making money or if they beat quality opponents are important. Remember, Iona has made the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team in this decade. It's not completely out of the realm of possibility. Playing just MAAC games doesn't help with that.
I don't even necessarily disagree with starting the season in January just for more eyes on the sport, but it's almost impossible to get everything to work schedule wise. We just accept that people aren't watching college hoops when there's football on. I get it, I wish more people watched early on, but it happens. Moving the season in general to a start of January would mean students on campus for every game, no weird Christmas break, but you also lose the Thanksgiving week tournaments. Give me those always and forever at the same time please. I don't like change when it comes to things like that. I'm still mad at the Maui Invitational for moving its title game up to like 5pm instead of late night.
Either way, I don't think the NCAA will react one way or another until we see what happens with college football because money pays. That said, Pitino being a top-5 coach of all time saying this is going to hold a bit of weight.