[CBS] - Sources said NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt communicated to conference commissioners late last week that the four timelines depicted below are up for discussion:
First practices allowed: Sept. 29
First day of season: Nov. 10 (No change to start of season)
First practices allowed: Oct. 9
First day of season: Nov. 20
First practices allowed: Oct. 14
First day of season: Nov. 25
First practices allowed: Oct. 24
First day of season: Dec. 4
Sources told CBS Sports the NCAA's men's basketball oversight committee and the men's basketball selection committee are holding separate meetings Wednesday to discuss these potential start dates, among other action items. On Thursday, Division I conference commissioners will hold a meeting to discuss the basketball season, as will the NABC. On Friday, the women's basketball committee and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association will convene and seek feedback on the recommended models as well.
I love this so much. This is exactly what a sport is supposed to do, which is why I'm going to bash college football here for a second. Yes, college hoops has Dan Gavitt, who is one of the most universally respected people in the world who essentially oversees the sports along with the NABC. That's what college football didn't have and why they are all over the damn place and are barely having a season. There was no plan. It was hope and pray and shoot shit against the wall. It didn't work.
I've preached it all along, but it makes the most sense for college hoops to start around Thanksgiving. Start when the majority of campuses across the country are sending students home for break until the start of the second semester. We're not playing in front of fans this year, so we don't need to worry about whether or not kids are on campus to show up to games or not. Yes, we're still going to pretend that college hoops players are 'student-athletes' (they aren't) here for a second. You are creating a de facto bubble by doing this and we're seeing the success of that during the summer with just athletes on campus. If you have testing and the negative results like we've seen then you can easily travel and such. Yes, it's easier just putting teams in a bubble for a few weeks at a time but then you're dealing with amateurism rules and that would need to change most likely.
And yeah, even though Kentucky football is playing, I'm still pissed. There are very few things better than a Saturday in the fall starting with Iowa/Northwestern on at noon and ending with Stanford/Oregon before a groggy Hawaii game to break even for the day. We're not getting that and as someone who does nothing but watch sports on TV, I'm a little salty. So yeah, I want them to get their shit together like college hoops has so far*
*Minus Larry Scott, who is a complete mess and the worst commissioner of all time. Yes, he's worse than Manfred. The guy has no idea what's going on and the Pac-12 is the only major conference to say they aren't playing college hoops until Jan. 1 while everyone else is prepping to play in November and December. Just stupid.
We'll find out the exact plan here soon but it sounds like one of these four options are the most likely. I still think you see the Thanksgiving start date with the plan being regional/conference travel and then bubble as a backup. More importantly, there's this quote:
One conference commissioner expressed high confidence that the NCAA would do anything and everything not only to hold the NCAA Tournament in 2021, but to also keep it at its usual size of 68 teams.
Yep, that's the good stuff right there. 68 teams and the NCAA Tournament. We need that. We need that more than anything. It's also incredibly relieving to hear that report out there. The more people keep working on starting with that and working backwards is exactly how we have a season.