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Proposed Nov. 21 start date for 2020-21 season Update: Nov 25th
Quote:The women's and men's basketball oversight committees convened again on Friday and decided to change the proposed start date for the 2020-21 season from Nov. 25 up to Nov. 21, sources told CBS Sports. The news was first reported by Stadium's Jeff Goodman.

The two-hour meeting focused in large part around upping the start date to accommodate multi-team events (MTEs), which had been a driving force the past week-plus for reconsidering Nov. 25, a date oversight committees agreed to during their Sept. 1 meeting.

Nov. 23 had also been pushed by some recently, according to numerous sources, as it's the most populated date on the calendar wherein MTEs are scheduled to tip off. One source indicated that Nov. 21 added a couple more MTEs to the pile. On Friday it was put into the oversight committees' proposal package to the Division I Council, which is the governing body that will meet Sept. 16 and ultimately decide whether to accept multiple recommendations surrounding the start of the 2020-21 college basketball season.

The committees also agreed on Friday to reduce the maximum allowable regular-season games for this season. It's normally 31, but now it will be targeted at 28 if a team plays in an MTE, or 26 if it does not. The minimum allowable number of games for postseason consideration is targeted for 13, a number NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt lobbed out as a possibility Thursday on the "Courtside with Dakich and Greenberg" podcast. The stipulation for 13 games, according to one source, is all 13 games must be against Division I competition.

The committees also will make a recommendation -- but not an outright requirement -- that teams play at least four nonconference games if circumstances reasonably allow for it. This was not a universally agreed to recommendation, but will be part of the proposal nonetheless. The thinking behind this is to encourage every league to seek to play nonconference games in an effort to help with college basketball's metrics and eventual NCAA Tournament selection. A separate source added that powerful programs have been consistently lobbying behind the scenes to allow for as many nonconference games as possible in an effort to normalize the regular season and also provide small schools a chance for more games in an unpredictable schedule climate.

As for crucial COVID-19 testing, the recommended protocol for NCAA Division I basketball is expected to require testing at least three times per week.

There is one potential downside to starting on Nov. 21: by starting on a Saturday, a football weekend would easily overshadow college hoops' start. That would not have been as much the case on Monday, Nov. 23, and certainly not on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

There is no assurance college basketball season can begin in late November, but optimism still runs high throughout the sport that such a goal is achievable, especially as news updates nearly each week with improvements in testing capabilities.

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RE: Proposed Nov. 21 start date for 2020-21 season
The NCAA is trying to play a modified full season with as much reduced travel as possible. And, during a time when most students are less likely to be on campus. The big concern still in New Mexico is the Governor's travel mandates for a 14-day quarantine when traveling into high covid regions. It will be hard to play a season if Aggie players (after traveling to California and Texas) must stay home and social distance for 14 days. That's part of what killed the Aggie football season.
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(09-13-2020 12:52 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  The NCAA is trying to play a modified full season with as much reduced travel as possible. And, during a time when most students are less likely to be on campus. The big concern still in New Mexico is the Governor's travel mandates for a 14-day quarantine when traveling into high covid regions. It will be hard to play a season if Aggie players (after traveling to California and Texas) must stay home and social distance for 14 days. That's part of what killed the Aggie football season.

Hopefully she’ll loosen that up soon.
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(09-13-2020 05:17 PM)Trod0 Wrote:  
(09-13-2020 12:52 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  The NCAA is trying to play a modified full season with as much reduced travel as possible. And, during a time when most students are less likely to be on campus. The big concern still in New Mexico is the Governor's travel mandates for a 14-day quarantine when traveling into high covid regions. It will be hard to play a season if Aggie players (after traveling to California and Texas) must stay home and social distance for 14 days. That's part of what killed the Aggie football season.

Hopefully she’ll loosen that up soon.

The rest of the WAC ought to reschedule to help out here, put your away games at CBU/UTRGV/Tarleton at the end of the season and packed into a short period. By late February (or later if the whole schedule gets shifted) maybe your guv will let up and/or we won't be hot spots anymore.
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(09-13-2020 07:58 PM)edinburger Wrote:  
(09-13-2020 05:17 PM)Trod0 Wrote:  
(09-13-2020 12:52 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  The NCAA is trying to play a modified full season with as much reduced travel as possible. And, during a time when most students are less likely to be on campus. The big concern still in New Mexico is the Governor's travel mandates for a 14-day quarantine when traveling into high covid regions. It will be hard to play a season if Aggie players (after traveling to California and Texas) must stay home and social distance for 14 days. That's part of what killed the Aggie football season.

Hopefully she’ll loosen that up soon.

The rest of the WAC ought to reschedule to help out here, put your away games at CBU/UTRGV/Tarleton at the end of the season and packed into a short period. By late February (or later if the whole schedule gets shifted) maybe your guv will let up and/or we won't be hot spots anymore.

If the WAC expects CBU/UTRGV/TSU to do this the season is doomed before it starts.

I know that the Big Sky has a plan in the works having conference bubbles to get as many league games in w/o interruption. With most having the option of online classes it could work out no problem.
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RE: Proposed Nov. 21 start date for 2020-21 season Update: Nov 25th
Quote:The NCAA's Division I Council voted Wednesday to begin the 2020-21 college basketball season on Nov. 25, sources told CBS Sports.

The highly anticipated decision comes five days after the women's and men's basketball oversight committees submitted joint recommendations to start on Nov. 21. But the Council wields the autonomy to make amendments to official proposals and in this case decided the day before Thanksgiving was most proper.

The decision also throws a wrench into nonconference scheduling, as nearly a dozen multi-team events -- including the lauded Maui Invitational -- were scheduled to begin Nov. 23.

With the start date being Nov. 25 that means full-blown practices can start, per NCAA rules, 42 days prior. That equates to Oct. 14 serving as the start of college basketball's preseason.

Recruiting was also discussed on Wednesday and a long-term decision was made. The in-person dead period (meaning no visits) has been extended until Jan 1. Also of interest to coaches: the Council agreed to up the amount of countable athletically related activities (CARA) from eight to 12 hours per week. That will go into effect Monday.

There will be no scrimmages or exhibitions allowed in the preseason, either.

Though the start date is now official, it is not set in stone: if circumstances surrounding the coronavirus situation worsen, college basketball's season could be pushed back again. The Division I Council is next scheduled to meet in mid-October, when it's expected to address men's and women's basketball again and vote as necessary on any potential amendments.

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