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    NCAA Oversight Committee Proposes Nov. 25 Start to Season
    As of now, Nov. 10 is the “official” starting date.
    By Peter Woodburn@wernies Sep 2, 2020, 9:08am PDT

    The NCAA oversight committee of both men’s and women’s basketball have both agreed to propose the 2020-21 season start on Nov. 25, CBS Sports reported on Wednesday.

    As of now, the season is “scheduled” to start on Nov. 10, but considering that no one has any idea what anything will look like in November, that date is soft—at best.

    The proposal from the oversight committees will be send to to the Division I Council, who will make the final decision about delaying the start of the season. If the idea is to provide as much time as possible for the nation to “normalize,” a Nov. 25 start date means teams can begin the season at their holiday tournaments and go from there.


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    College basketball oversight committees update plans to propose Nov. 21 start date for 2020-21 season
    The oversight committees met on Friday to finalize a formal proposal that will go to vote on Sept. 16

    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.

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    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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    NCAA to vote on college basketball season start date Wednesday, November 21 expected to be the choice
    By Ryan Kelapire@RKelapire Sep 14, 2020, 3:00pm PDT

    The NCAA Division I Council will vote on a college basketball start date Wednesday, and Nov. 21 is expected to be the day it proposes, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman and CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander.

    Previous reports said Nov. 25 was the target date. Nov. 23 was/is an option too because, as Norlander noted, several multi-team events are scheduled to kick off that day.

    Late November in general is a good choice because students will be away from campuses for Thanksgiving break, lowering the chance of a college basketball team suffering a COVID-19 outbreak.

    The Arizona Daily Star reported that Arizona Wildcats coach Sean Miller is expecting a Nov. 25 start date, which makes sense since that’s when the NIT Season Tip-Off was supposed to begin and the Wildcats are (were?) one of four teams set to participate.

    The season won’t be normal amid the coronavirus pandemic, so Goodman says the NCAA will recommend that teams play at least four non-conference games, while Norlander wrote that only 13 games will be required to be considered for the postseason (though all 13 opponents must be from Division I).

    Goodman added that the NCAA will also make a recommendation Wednesday to allow teams to begin eight-hour weeks starting Sept. 21.

    As of now, the Pac-12 has postponed all sports until January, but each of its 12 institutions are receiving rapid-testing machines and tests from Quidel Corporation by the end of September that will allow them to do daily testing, probably causing the conference to adjust its return date.

    Otherwise, the Pac-12 would be the only Division I conference other than the Ivy League to not be playing basketball this November.

    The Pac-12 will also need approval from government officials from California, Washington and Oregon, as contact sports are currently prohibited in those states.

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    2020-21 college basketball season to start on Nov. 25 after NCAA vote
    The season will start the day before Thanksgiving and the practices can officially begin as early as Oct. 14

    Matt Norlander

    By Matt Norlander
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    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.

    CBS Sports will update this breaking news story.

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    So, the highlights being:

    - 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.

    - The in-person dead period (meaning no visits) has been extended until Jan 1.

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

    - 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.

    Ok, we have another month before we hopefully will start getting some real Lady Zag info.

    FYI, the 2020-2021 Lady Zag roster is up on


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    DI Council approves Nov. 25 start date for men’s and women’s basketball

    The Division I Council approved moving the first contest date in Division I men’s and women’s basketball to Nov. 25 for the 2020-21 season.

    No exhibition games or closed scrimmages will be allowed before that date. Moving the start date back from Nov. 10 is intended to have contests begin when at least three-quarters of Division I schools will have concluded their fall terms or moved remaining instruction and exams online, creating a more controlled and less populated campus environment that may reduce the risk of COVID-19 that can occur between student-athletes and the broader student body population, the Division I Men’s and Women’s Oversight Committees said.

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    The maximum number of contests was reduced by four, given that the season will start 15 days later than originally scheduled. In men’s basketball, teams can schedule 24 regular-season games and participate in one multiple-team event that includes up to three games; 25 regular-season games and participate in one multiple-team event that includes up to two games; or 25 regular-season games if a team does not participate in a multiple-team event.

    In women’s basketball, teams can schedule 23 regular-season games and participate in one multiple-team event that includes up to four games or schedule 25 regular-season games if a team does not compete in a multiple-team event.

    Teams will meet sport sponsorship requirements and be considered for NCAA championship selection if they play 13 games, which represents a 50 percent reduction of the current minimum. For NCAA championship consideration, all 13 games must be against another Division I opponent. The Division I Men's Basketball and Division I Women's Basketball committees also recommended teams play a minimum of four nonconference games.

    “The new season start date near the Thanksgiving holiday provides the optimal opportunity to successfully launch the basketball season,” said NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball Dan Gavitt. “It is a grand compromise of sorts and a unified approach that focuses on the health and safety of student-athletes competing towards the 2021 Division I basketball championships.”

    Programs can begin preseason practice on Oct. 14 and will have 42 days to conduct a maximum of 30 practices. During this time, players can work out up to 20 hours per week, four hours per day, and must have one day off per week. This model is generally consistent with the normal preseason practice period but permits additional flexibility for all teams to begin full practice on Oct. 14, regardless of when their first scheduled game occurs.

    Council members also approved a transition practice period between current out-of-season activities and preseason practice. This transition period is designed to provide additional time for players to prepare for the upcoming season based on the mental and physical challenges basketball players are facing as a result of the pandemic. The transition period will occur Sept. 21-Oct. 13, and teams may participate in strength and conditioning activities, sport-related meetings and skill instruction for up to 12 hours a week, with an eight-hour limit on skill instruction. Players must have two days off per week during the transition period.

    While the waiver process exists for schools to request to play games prior to the Nov. 25 start date, the Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee and Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee have indicated they are unlikely to support such waivers.

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