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Rick Pitino suggests delaying start of college basketball season

The former UK head man has an opinion that is becoming popular among other college coaches.

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With the COVID-19 pandemic putting nearly the entire world on pause, it’s unclear whether the 2020-21 college basketball season will or should start on time.

Wednesday, former Kentucky and Louisville head coach Rick Pitino shared his opinion when the season tips off.

Pitino, who is entering his first year as Iona Gaels head coach tweeted that he believes the season should start in January to allow a COVID-19 vaccine to be developed and slow the spread of the virus.

Stadium reporter Jeff Goodman added that this opinion is something other college coaches are sharing, so perhaps there’s some momentum for it if things don’t get better soon.

While this suggestion may not be popular, it is a fair idea from the former Wildcat coach.

The spread of COVID-19 is currently rising in several different states, including by 247% in Florida and 161% in Texas which is home to some of the nation’s most prominent college programs.

Thus, waiting to allow the spread to slow and vaccines to be developed may make the most sense, but at the end of the day, the NCAA will likely take a hard look at the finical implications of a shortened or delayed season before making any drastic changes.