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College Basketball Season Set to Start With 'Crazy' Covid Rule

Written by:
Don Shapiro
Published on:
Sep/29/2020

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It seems like only yesterday that a worldwide pandemic - still in effect - put the brakes on March Madness.

Now the NCAA is prepared to start the new season.  But one rule has many in the sport scratching their heads.

From the New York Post:

If a player tests positive, the entire team should quarantine for 14 days and only work out individually in that time period, while noting that public health officials can override these determinations. That, depending on when a player tests positive, could wipe out up to four games and two weeks of practices.

“My first reaction was: How are we going to have a season if that’s going to be the case?” one head coach said. “One case is almost going to destroy your season. I think it’s too harsh. As long as you’re testing every other day, I don’t understand why it has to be that long.”

That coach provided the Post with a possible scenario.

“Let’s say this happens to Villanova on Feb. 15, and they’re quarantining the rest of February,” the coach said. “Then they are going into the Big East Tournament and the NCAA Tournament without having practiced for two weeks. They could be the best team in the country, it’s still going to have a huge effect on them.

“If you weren’t testing regularly, I would understand it. It seems like you don’t need both of those things, [frequent testing and 14-day quarantine].”

Of course, such a rule could show the NCAA means business.  In other words, players are advised not to engage in any risky behavior off the court.

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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