Oregon State

2020-21 NCAA basketball season 'still up in the air'

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The coronavirus brought the sports world to a halt in March when it caused many suspensions, including the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments.

Now, six months later the NCAA still hasn't came up with a concrete plan on how to proceed with the 2020-21 NCAA basketball seasons but programs nationwide are doing the best they can to prepare for an unprecedented situation, including those at Oregon State. 

Beavers women's associate head coach Jonas Chatterton joined host Ron Callan on the latest episode of the Talkin' Beavers Podcast and gave an update on how the program has dealt with the pandemic.

Right now its still all up in the air... I've had a schedule put in place... It's still there. We haven't eliminated or cancelled anything... 

But while they are preparing as if the season will happen, in what form it'll take place remains to be seen. 

"I've heard a bunch of different varieties of things such as just staying within a conference schedule, to playing a condensed non-conference schedule, to... playing in a regional where you play your regional opponents so you play within a bus drive so you're not hopping on airplanes," said Chatteron. 

"We've even heard things of us going into a bubble."

Professional leagues such as the NWSL, MLS, NBA, NHL and PLL have all successfully formed bubbles to continue their respective seasons. Meanwhile, college football plans to proceed with little to no fan attendance at team's home stadiums.

In fact, when Ole Miss linebacker MoMo Sanogo asked SEC officials in late-July about forming a bubble he was told that his mask would protect him on campus, that he could be a role model for others, and "to sit at the back of classrooms and not engage in close conversations," according to the Washington Post

 

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The Pac-12 unanimously voted to delay all fall athletics into 2021 with January 1st, 2021 as the first date that competitive games can be played. The decision was reportedly a shock to various basketball coaches in the conference. 

However, the Pac-12 may consider moving up the beginning of basketball season from the current January 1st date "if favorable circumstances unfold inside NCAA headquarters and on the campuses," per Jon Wilner of The Mercury News

Among the favorable circumstances would be "evidence of a reduction in community spread and advances in testing that would guarantee same-day results for the campuses." The Pac-12 believes that all players must be tested within 24 hours of all games' completion to ensure no asymptomatic players were in attendance. 

Regardless, Oregon State hopes to have a clearer idea of how the season will happen by the end of the month. 

"I think the that the NCAA and the basketball committee meets at the end of September and that will give us more direction," added Chatterton. 

[Listen to the Talkin' Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and guests Katie Faulkner, Jonas Chatterton and Brian Holsinger of Oregon State Women's Basketball!]