There hasn’t been any college basketball since mid-March and Duke’s Coach K is getting concerned as the fall approaches.
Speaking to ESPNU Radio this week, Coach K said that he has been working to help the process of bringing college hoops back. But he also feels that there need to be “contingency plans” in place if the college basketball season can’t start on time.
Coach K did not seem convinced by the idea that the season would start on time. He said that the NCAA could be in real trouble if they’re forced to cancel the NCAA Tournament a second time.
“I’ve really tried, behind the scenes, to work on the other front and focus all my attention in that regard,” Krzyzewski said. “We need to have the NCAA Tournament and we need to have some contingency plans based on when the season would start. Everyone says it’s going to start on time. We’ll see.
“I would like for us to take a great look at contingency plans, you know, when it might also be. Can it be an April? Can it be in May? But we need — and the NCAA needs — (a) men’s NCAA tournament. If you don’t have it two years in a row, the NCAA, financially, could go in another direction.”
Coach K knows that college basketball has no option but to have an NCAA Tournament for this upcoming season. The @DukeMBB Head Coach expressed his concerns when he joined @MarkPacker. pic.twitter.com/Qq2mzuNeAL
— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) July 21, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic didn’t start affecting American sports until March. But when it did, it hit like a ton of bricks.
In the span of a few days, the NCAA Tournament and all non-completed conference basketball tournaments were canceled. Many other sports leagues also suspended or canceled their seasons too.
Unfortunately, the pandemic doesn’t have a timetable. College basketball will either need to figure out contingency plans to deal with that fact, or keep kicking the can.