NCAA Reportedly Exploring Options for Basketball Start Date

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The NCAA is in the preliminary stages of considering four potential start dates for the 2020-21 men's and women's college basketball seasons, sources told CBS Sports. The NCAA provided a timeline document to conference commissioners late last week, obtained by CBS Sports, that details the review and approval process on starting the forthcoming season.

Sources said NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt communicated to conference commissioners late last week that the four timelines depicted below are up for discussion:

Option 1
First practices allowed: Sept. 29
First day of season: Nov. 10 (No change to start of season)

Option 2
First practices allowed: Oct. 9
First day of season: Nov. 20

Option 3
First practices allowed: Oct. 14
First day of season: Nov. 25

Option 4
First practices allowed: Oct. 24
First day of season: Dec. 4

Those dates are not fated to be the only dates discussed, but they are the initial trial balloons the NCAA is seeking feedback on.
 
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