After COVID-19 forced the abrupt cancellation of the 2020 NCAA tournament, college basketball has reportedly selected when it will make its much-anticipated return.
Per Jon Rothstein of College Hoops Today, the NCAA decided Wednesday that the 2020-21 season will begin on Nov. 25. Teams will be permitted to begin practicing on Oct. 14, Rothstein added.
As select conferences prepare to begin the 2020 NCAA Football season, college basketball will be able to sit back and learn from any hiccups that may take place in the coming weeks and months.
It's even possible that there will be a COVID-19 vaccine by the time of the Final Four is scheduled to begin on April 3 in Indianapolis. That said, it's unlikely any vaccine would be available in mass quantities that early, meaning players and coaches that choose to participate in this upcoming season will be assuming a relatively high level of risk. Presumably, some notable players will simply opt out of the season, as has happened in college football.