Climb that college basketball faces beats alternative
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