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NCAA Division I Council Announces Basketball Start Date

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We finally have a date for the upcoming season

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament - First Round Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The NCAA Division I council has settled on a start date of Wednesday, November 25th for this upcoming basketball season. So we will have college basketball leading into Thanksgiving weekend.

Team practices can start 42 days before tip-off according to NCAA rules. So teams can start around October 14th. This is all depending on when each team will actually play their first game. The countable athletically related activities they can do now will go from 8 hours to 12 hours per week until practices start up in October. This jump in hours will start on Monday, September 21st.

There will be no scrimmages or exhibition games played this year before the season starts. Sorry to anyone who was hoping Nebraska would end up playing Doane or Chadron State to start the season out. Maybe next year.

Also of note is that the in person dead period for recruiting has been extended until January 1st, 2021. So no in person visits for the coaches for the rest of the year.

The council is supposed to meet again in mid October to go over any changes or address any updated that need to be done for the upcoming season. There are a lot of questions going into this so I am sure there will be more information coming out of that meeting.