For many years, Mike Krzyszewski was known as the king of university basketball who needed this sport. With schools trying to fill schedules less than a month before the start of the season, he seems to apply for this role, challenging some of the decisions made by the NCAA and other officials during the off-season.
During his virtual press conference for the preseason on Wednesday, the Duke’s legendary coach said that the rules, which are set at a maximum of 27 games distributed for the coming season, will bring new challenges.
The NCAA initially stated that schools can reach a maximum of 27 matches if they participate in one multi-team event (MTE). However, last week the NCAA changed tack and announced that teams can enter two multi-team competitions to reach that number.
The reduction from 31 [games] to 27 [games], he said, must be where there are only 27 games. We didn’t, so people then tried to make their own CWWs, tried to type different things, and now you can get into two CWs. They’re trying to understand the games. I don’t think the planning has been very good in that respect. By going from 31 to 27, you should have just given everyone the opportunity to make a calendar and not have to worry about the ETM. In fact, we made ours because we had to. This is insane. It would have been easy to say: All 27 of us, let’s go.
Krzyzhevsky made a joke that his team might have to play against local opponents to complete his program.
He also suggested that the conferences, not the NCAA, should have done a lot of work to make the season a success.
He said there was no regular season. From the beginning we didn’t think we were in a pandemic and that there wouldn’t be a regular season, not what we had. The NCAA has a start date and an end date. Nothing against her. That’s the most important thing they’re interested in, and then it really goes to the conference to sort it all out. … We’ll have marching madness. We don’t know how the teams get in. There’s a lot we don’t know, but we know we’re going to have a regular season. We don’t know much either. That’s a great way to run a railroad.
Earlier this week, ESPN announced that it has suspended its efforts to host several pre-season events in Orlando next month due to logistical and health and safety issues. Until the start of the season on the 25th. Since November, teams across the country continue to look for alternative CWDs or other non-conferential options.
Varsity basketball comes back in a difficult time. Many programmes have either restricted sport or explained a significant deficit. On Tuesday, Bethune-Cookman, a historic black college, announced that it wouldn’t exercise in 2020-2021 for fear of the virus. At UC-Riverside, officials are fighting to prevent the liquidation of the entire sports agency.
Meanwhile, there has been an increase in the number of cases in states across the country where the virus continues to spread.
Krzyszewski, while expressing concern about this uncertainty, said he hoped the national standard around COVID would arrive in time for the university basketball season.
Until we play, we hope that there are national protocols from a medical point of view, so that everyone who plays against each other is subject to the same medical protocols that I think are necessary for the safety of these children, he said. We’re fine. Our boys are good. They all want to play, and we have to make sure that there is a safe environment and that they get a chance to play.