Hey everyone this is Sam bringing to you the positive in college basketball this year. Don’t forget to read the article about the NCAA tournament bubble. I can’t wait for college basketball to start this week. The last time we got to actually see it was when different teams were warming up either before a game or at halftime being asked to leave the floor. That was back in March during conference championship week and many had hoped that in just a couple weeks the games could be started back up. However, it didn’t happen. The 2019-2020 NCAA Tournament “March Madness” became “March Sadness” for many like me.
I couldn’t believe that games were being shut down everywhere including in my own state by stopping the state tournaments. The Big East tournament was shut down at halftime. Until this week, we haven’t gotten to see any college basketball unless your team has been putting any scrimmage videos up. However, no matter what you think about all the different decisions that have been made about Covid-19 and schedules, you have to agree with the decision to give college athletes an extra year of eligibility.
Extra Year of Playing Time?
The NCAA definitely made their best decision by granting all athletes in the winter sports including college basketball who compete an extra year of eligibility. This can give every player a fifth season. It also throws out any redshirt options that were being considered for this season. Some coaches and players make decisions because a player may not be ready to play at a certain level yet, so they redshirt the player to give them another year of playing time. However with the NCAA making this decision there’s no need for any player to sit out. This can become a lot of players free season to grow up during this season. They can show their coaches and teammates how good they can be as the season goes on.
Will most use it? Probably not, but it is there for them to use to get their degree or be their team’s Jeff Shepherd who was a valuable 5th year senior on Kentucky’s 1998 National Championship. A lot of players leave way before their 5th season. Some to the NBA and some just leave to go home. Plus if you earned your degree, but aren’t getting to play much then will you make the decision to stay another season? Will coaches and players put pressure on you to move on and give up your spot to a young high schooler that they think can contribute?
Stats and Senior Nights?
I think the thing that the NCAA forgot however is how statistical records can be effected by having five full seasons for college career records. Will there be a player that stays five full seasons to break the scoring, rebounding, assists or blocks records? Who could it be?
Another thing the NCAA hasn’t considered will their be senior nights for the seniors if they can come back? Or do you make them make a decision before senior night can be held? But if you don’t allow any fans during any game, does any player choose to have a senior night?
I don’t blame any player for taking advantage of this to get better or even to get their degree, however, I think this may end up being a bigger mess than the NCAA thinks. Especially for smaller schools that don’t have the money to pay for the extra years of school or want the player for the extra year. The teams are getting extra spots on the team, so they very well could be stuck with a player taking up a spot on the roster.
What do you think of this ruling? Good or bad for the players, team and school? Let us know.