In an effort to "save the season," Iona Gaels men's basketball coach Rick Pitino is advocating for the NCAA to delay the start of the college basketball season and play its annual tournament in May.
"Save the Season," Pitino wrote on Twitter on Saturday. "Move the start back. Play league schedule and have May Madness. Spiking and protocols make it impossible to play right now."
Under Pitino's plan, "March Madness" would turn into "May Madness."
The Gaels, of the MAAC, are scheduled to begin its season along with many other Division I programs on Wednesday, Nov. 25 against the Fordham Rams — a few weeks later than normal. One season opener, Stetson vs. Miami, has already been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test from a Stetson player.
Save the Season. Move the start back. Play league schedule and have May Madness. Spiking and protocols make it impossible to play right now.
Iona basketball coach Rick Pitino runs a practice with his team at Iona College. (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr., The Rockland/Westchester Journal News)
Finding common testing protocols, along with travel and the varying local restrictions that come with it, has created headaches for college basketball. Not playing outdoors and the inability to social distance are other hurdles to safe play.
Coronavirus cases are reaching record-setting numbers across the nation, adding to the difficulty facing college basketball as the 2020-21 season approaches.
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