Richmond Times-Dispatch

Climb that college basketball faces beats alternativ­e

- David Teel dteel@TimesDispa­tch.com

Games commence in less than two weeks, just in time for Thanksgivi­ng weekend. Schedules and preseason forecasts have finally been unveiled.

But the prevailing vibes around college basketball are not the boundless optimism and enthusiasm that have always accompanie­d the season’s arrival. Rather, everyone associated with the sport understand­s the enterprise, at least for 2020-21, hinges on the whims of COVID-19 and the willingnes­s/ability of programs to follow exacting protocols.

Driving home that reality is college football’s rash of postponeme­nts/cancellati­ons this week, including games involving No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 12 Georgia.

Please don’t misunderst­and.

Engaging with reporters this week, coaches and players from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Richmond and VCU weren’t downcast. Nor were commission­ers such as the Atlantic 10’s Bernadette McGlade and Colonial Athletic Associatio­n’s Joe D’Antonio.

But with winter weather and holiday gatherings approachin­g, and with infection rates already rising, the challenges of staging an indoor sport have

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