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The Duke Women’s Basketball team has cancelled the rest of their season after spending a few weeks dealing with Covid-19 issues. The announcement was made by the student-athletes on the team, and was supported by the university, making them the best known team in the country to forego their season. This sensible act does raise interesting questions: Is the men’s team any safer than the women’s team, and is college basketball as a whole in trouble this year? For me, the answers are simple, which is why the NCAA needs to end both men’s and women’s seasons right away and stop risking the health and safety of student-athletes on a daily basis.
There has been hesitancy voiced all across college basketball about the season starting too early, and even after it started, how things didn’t feel right to many coaches. Iona’s Rick Pitino called for the NCAA to start the regular season in the spring, play a conference-only schedule and then have “May Madness” by holding the championship tournament in the spring. Earlier this year, Duke men’s head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski noted things were not as they were supposed to be, as his team struggled in non-conference games. Those words were echoed nearly verbatim by woman’s first-year head coach after their loss to Louisville on December 9th when she said, “I don’t think we should be playing right now.”
When the NCAA was forced to cancel their men’s and women’s tournaments last year, as you would expect, millions of dollars were lost by schools and the NCAA itself. This year, it appears the plan was to start things on time and hope for the best.
Just looking at how college football programs mishandled their seasons should have been all college basketball teams across the country needed to see before postponing their basketball season. From the Big Ten to the Pac-12, conferences had a hard enough time playing ten games, yet college basketball wants to play 20, 25 or even 30. It wasn’t a good idea then, but college football got away with it, and now college basketball is trying to do the same thing when things are worse.
I say bravo to the Duke Women’s Basketball team for doing what was best for them, because with every other activity in the athletic department still on schedule, it is clear their school’s administrators don’t give a damn about their health and safety. Perhaps now other student-athletes will feel more secure in voicing their discomfort with playing this season in whatever sport they compete in, and more of them will say enough is enough and put an end to these risky daily activities.
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