Some conferences are choosing to only play in-conference games for football season, and others are choosing to stay home all together. Many believed that outdoor sports (like football) were more likely to be played than indoor sports (like basketball), so what do all of these fall decisions mean for winter sports?
Basketball analyst Jeff Goodman polled 250 division I men’s college basketball coaches to get their opinions on how college basketball should play out. The results were quite surprising, as less than half of those surveyed belief the season should take place as planned.
Only 42% (105 coaches) of those that were surveyed, in fact, believe the college basketball schedule should not change. Of those remaining, 2% (5 coaches) believe the season should be cancelled all together.
The other 56% believe the season should be moved to a January start date, although that group is split between those that want a full season (80 coaches), and those that only want to play league games (60 coaches).
I polled more than 250 D-1 men’s basketball head coaches:— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) July 10, 2020
- 42 percent “Still try and play season normal.”
- 32 percent “Move to Jan., play both league & non-league games.
- 24 percent “Move to Jan. and only play league games.
- 2 percent “Cancel the Season.”
While coaches will not be the ones making the final decisions for the season, their voices will certainly be heard. They are certainly tracking the progress of other sports and making their own assumptions about the likelihood of basketball starting in October.
Regardless of what anyone wants to happen, I believe the majority of coaches are aware of the most likely scenario. Unless numbers of new coronavirus cases across the country hit a major decline and/or a vaccine is found, it looks like “normal” will not be an option for quite some time.
What do you think?
What should college basketball season look like?
This poll is closed
Follow the normal schedule as planned
Start in January and play all games
Start in January and play conference games
Cancel the season