College Basketball COVID-19 Case: Live Updates As Kentucky-Louisville Postponed
With more and more games canceled, conference officials are discussing what to do with their forfeiture policies. I have contacted several representatives of the league and while none are yet ready to reverse their plans, all are at least discussing it. âThe Pac-12 and its athletic directors are actively discussing forfeit / cancellation policies,â Media Relations Director Jesse Hooker said in response to an email, echoing the sentiments of many in the sport. . ACC athletic directors are expected to discuss their policy at their weekly meeting this week, and the SEC also intends to make it a topic of conversation before the league starts after the holidays.
This is especially critical now, as conferences gear up to host league games. Forgoing a non-conference game could affect the strength of a team’s schedule for an all-around bid, but dropping a league game means being anchored in the standings. The ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Horizon League, MAAC, Missouri Valley, and Pac-12 all started playing in the league. Seton Hall and DePaul have each lost Big East games, as has Washington in the Pac-12. The Duke at the Miami women’s game was called off in the ACC, resulting in a forfeit for the Hurricanes.
Already coaches are voicing their opinions and asking for a change. “I don’t like the forfeit either,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said recently.
The policies were put in place at the start of this academic year, and before the last epidemic, which involves a number of vaccinated actors.
The NCAA does not control the conduct of the regular season. Cancellation policies are at the discretion of each conference. But Dan Gavitt, executive vice president of basketball, told me last week that while the Offenses Committee can’t give credit to a game not played, it can subjectively view a team’s attempt to build a stricter schedule. Iona, for example, had intended to play against a ranked side from Seton Hall, but the game scheduled for last weekend was called off due to the Pirates’ issues with the virus.