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Coronavirus Pandemic Impacts

Discussion in 'George Mason Basketball' started by Pablo, May 13, 2020.

  1. GMUgemini

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    Some conference realignment happening in the mid-major ranks: Robert Morris joining the Horizon League, NJIT joining American East — with quick turnarounds, basically immediately.
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    Is this later than usual for basketball schools joining new conferences? I feel like this usually happens in April.
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    Jon Rothstein
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    Sources: COVID testing for student athletes in college basketball will most likely be done by "pool testing". Can test up to five players at once. This will lower costs. Each test is expected to be around $50.
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    What? Conference alignments and games scheduled by travel efficiency? More natural rivalries?

    Who would have thought that made sense even without a freaking pandemic.
  5. Pablo

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    https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketbal...access-proposed-di-mens-and-womens-basketball:

    "The Division I Men’s Basketball Oversight and Women’s Basketball Oversight Committees on Monday finalized recommendations for summer athletic activities for July and August.

    The model, which is the same for both sports, will be voted on by the Division I Council Wednesday. It assumes COVID-19 local and state health policies are considered at the school level. The primacy of student-athlete health and safety in any decisions related to such issues is paramount.

    Access to school facilities should be provided in compliance with applicable state and local regulations regarding the use of such facilities, group size restrictions and any other limitations. Each school should use its discretion to make the best decisions for its student-athletes within the applicable restrictions.

    Men’s and women’s basketball student-athletes can continue voluntary activities and up to eight hours of virtual nonphysical activities through the reminder of June.

    From July 1-19, voluntary virtual nonphysical activities, enhanced in-person nonphysical activities, weight training and conditioning will be allowed.

    Enhanced in-person nonphysical activities may include, but are not limited to, team meetings, individual meetings and film review. These activities may be initiated by a student-athlete or coach. Limited physical activities include only weight training and conditioning. All virtual and in-person activities cannot exceed a combined eight hours per week.

    On-court practice activities will not be allowed during this 18-day period. Required summer athletic activities may begin July 20 and can last up to eight weeks until the school’s first day of classes or Sept. 15, whichever is earlier.

    During this period, student-athletes can participate in up to eight hours per week for weight-training, conditioning and skill instruction. The skill instruction cannot exceed more than four hours per week.

    Required virtual nonphysical activities can continue to be conducted during this period. Virtual and in-person activities cannot exceed a combined eight hours per week.

    Beginning on the school’s first day of classes or Sept. 15, whichever is earlier, student-athletes can begin out-of-season workouts. Up to eight hours per week for weight-training, conditioning and not more than four hours of skill-related instruction per week will be allowed.

    Student-athletes are required to have two days off per week.

    Preseason practice can start 42 days before the school’s first regular-season game. Thirty days of countable activities may be allowed over this timeframe."
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    Jon Rothstein
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    The NCAA has approved plans for men's and women's basketball to begin summer activities on July 20th, per release.


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    Jon Rothstein
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    The NCAA has delayed a decision on temporary alterations to the recruiting calendars for both men's and women's basketball, per release.
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    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/29334706/phillies-closing-facility-positive-coronavirus-tests:

    "The Philadelphia Phillies are closing their spring training facility in Clearwater, Florida, after five players and three staff members tested positive for the coronavirus, the team announced. Sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan that the Toronto Blue Jays also shut down their spring training facility in Dunedin on Thursday after a player exhibited coronavirus symptoms.

    The Phillies' facility will remain closed until medical authorities are confident that the virus is under control, the team said in a statement Friday."
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    https://www.espn.com/college-footba...l-workouts-14-days-positive-coronavirus-tests:

    "Kansas State has suspended all football workouts for 14 days following the most recent coronavirus test results, the school said Saturday.

    As of Friday, 14 athletes out of 130 tested across sports were positive for COVID-19. They are being managed according to guidelines, a process that begins with self-isolation for 10 days and until the patient is without fever for 72 hours without medication, whichever takes longer."
  10. Patriotsince81

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    Beginning to look a lot like no Bball this fall/winter.
  11. GMUgemini

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    Over 100 people infected from Tigerland event, including at least 10 LSU football players. 30 are in isolation after either testing positive or possibly being exposed at the nightclub.
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    https://www.espn.com/college-sports/story/_/id/29349067/patriot-league-restricts-travel-short-season:

    "The Patriot League announced Monday new guidelines for the return of sports in the fall, including restrictions on air travel.

    In its statement, the seven-member FCS league said: Student-athletes would return to campus at the same time as the student body; the conference schedule will begin at the end of September and finish before Thanksgiving; and no Patriot League teams would fly to games, and with rare exceptions, regular-season overnight travel will be prohibited.

    Several Patriot League teams have games against FBS competition that would most likely have to be rescheduled or canceled. That includes Colgate at Western Michigan on Sept. 4, Fordham at Hawaii on Sept. 12, and Georgetown at San Diego on Nov. 21.

    Fordham told ESPN that the school hasn't yet received clarification on the status of its Hawaii game, but it expects more information soon.

    The Patriot League said athletic directors will develop schedules to meet the criteria and announced at a later date."
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    From Rick Pitino:
    https://twitter.com/RealPitino/status/1278372043365527553
    Suggestion to the NCAA, push the start of the season back to January and only play league games. Buy some more time for a vaccine and to get things under control. Although I can’t wait to be back on the sidelines, the health of my players and staff is what’s really important.
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  15. The Great PATSby

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    This would pretty much eliminate all non-major at large bids. They would need change the NCAAT selection process too
  16. GMUgemini

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    They would have to shrink the tournament to 32 teams (32 auto-bids only), I think (see my post about this exact thing). There's no way you could select equitable at-large bids with just conference games.
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    There's 32 conferences right? So one team per conference. I guess that would be the only right way of doing it. Stinks for a lot of good p5 schools but f*ck them.
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  18. GSII

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    May Madness sounds almost as good.
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  19. jessej

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    play the whole season
    1 year of June Madness
    it will be memorable and classic
    only bad aspect is a very short summer break

    and while you are at it move college football to a Jan start date also
    play a game mon - thur in a domed stadium
    2 games on Friday, sat, sun
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    Boise State has cut its baseball and swimming/diving programs, per release. Another effect of coronavirus.
    12:26 PM · Jul 2, 2020


    https://broncosports.com/news/2020/7/2/general-boise-state-athletics-announces-program-changes.aspx:

    "Included in the measures will be the discontinuation of the Broncos' baseball and swimming and diving programs. Additional savings will be found by virtue of department and program operating budget reductions. In all, Boise State anticipates reducing its overall budget by nearly $3 million.

    'This is one of the hardest decisions athletic departments have to make, but it comes at a time when we are facing the most serious financial challenge we have ever seen,' Apsey said. 'Times like these are difficult for many people and we appreciate everyone who has supported these programs over the years, including our coaches, current and former student-athletes, donors and fans. We take all these measures seriously, knowing that the long-term stability of our department must remain a high priority.'

    'Today's decision came after an extensive review and in-depth analysis of the athletics department's budgets and programs by several senior leaders,' President Dr. Marlene Tromp said. 'The university had already been working closely with athletics to create a sustainable budget. The pandemic has made a challenging financial situation unsustainable. Ultimately, the reduction of the number of sports in which we compete allows Boise State a better chance of remaining competitive at the highest level and provides a more realistic roadmap to a sustainable future for the University and athletic department.'"

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