With much uncertainty surrounding college football and two power 5 conferences already pulling the plug on the season, fans are also wondering about the future of college basketball for 2020 as well.
Kentucky Wildcats Athletic Director, Mitch Barnhart, spoke to Andy Katz and ensured folks that we will be having a championship for college basketball and that they’re [NCAA] “going to find a way.”
“No matter what sport we’ve got going on, it might not be fair. You may look at this and say, ‘Oh my word, that is not fair.’ But at the end of the day, we’re going to find a way to play a championship, and we’re gonna get through this thing. It may look a little different, it may be where we bring folks together. It may be in the same format we’ve done. I hope we can go and do what we’ve done at all the original sites and march through March Madness and get to a Final Four.
“It could look very different. We’ve watched the bubbles. We’ve watched them. We’ve said, ‘That’s working,’ and ‘that’s not working.’ We’ll have more information and more time. Everyone is expecting us to have good answers, and the committee is focused on finding a pathway forward.”
So if you take Barnhart at his word, the NCAA is going to try their damndest to put on a college basketball season and crown a champion for this season.
If you’re asking me, I have always felt more confident in having college basketball than college football for the very same reason some schools and conferences have canceled their seasons. Basketball is much easier to control, as we have seen the NBA do over the past month.
With less players, and with all those players in an isolated area, it makes it easier to combat coronavirus and play a season, something the NCAA might have to do for college hoops to happen this winter.