The new home of New Mexico’s head basketball coach, Chris Jens, continues to grow.
About a week before the start of the season, his team left the Las Cruces, New Mexico campus in front of the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to escape the government-imposed ban on playing and training. Aggis did not have a full conference program at the time of departure, but they did manage to arrange matches with Christian University of Arizona and Benedictine Mesa – two rivals outside the top flight – and an away match against Arizona on March 12. December.
The team trains in the ballroom, which has been transformed into a lecture hall by the hotel staff. Aggi tries every day to avoid tourists and travelers throughout the building to minimize the possible effects of COVID-19.
This breakfast is delicious. Video games and Connect Four tournaments take up the team’s free time. And recently an employee helped Jan turn on Netflix on the TV in his room, and Jan really liked it.
From the coach’s point of view, it looks like a holiday tournament, according to Jans. But it’s an endless holiday tournament. That’s different. Our families aren’t with us.
This isn’t a daily call, but an hour.
The pandemic has created barriers for all basketball teams in the country, but the coronavirus is already having a significant impact on programmes other than Power 5. Without the budgets of their wealthier colleagues, everything from travel to tracing and planning contacts would be more problematic for the American average.
For these schools, November and December are lucrative months, full of opportunities to earn money through guarantee games. Given the limited national participation and the lack of access to their basic income for television, the middle classes have never felt so forced to do their best in spite of this dangerous chapter, even if it means having to leave their homes for a long period of time in order to compete.
The problem is that if you’re quiet or mediocre, you really have to travel because you want to get out and make money, said Todd Lee, South Dakota’s main bus.
Last year, the Big Ten received $781.5 million in revenue, so each school in the league received $55.6 million, mostly from football related television contracts for USA Today. At the Lee – Big Sky Conference, the men’s and women’s sports in South Dakota, South Dakota and Montana raised $58.5 million last year, according to the Ministry of Education. In these schools much of this money comes from the school itself, either directly or through school fees. These schools are focusing on the financial consequences of the pandemic, which means that support may change in the coming months. Ticket sales help, but teams that don’t have fans this season can’t rely on this pipeline.
That’s why buy-play opportunities – which can offer paydays-approach or six-figure overruns to schools that are not part of the five and want to play in the grandes écoles for that money – are crucial today. A source at the Western Athletic Conference said that one of the schools should win $200,000 for a few purchases of games that have been cancelled for fear of the virus.
In addition to issues related to medium-term programming, there is an important and as yet unknown issue: What exactly are we working on?
NCAA Senior Vice President Dan Gavitt recently announced that the annual NCAA post-season tournaments (which cost Indianapolis residents $375 million as a result of last year’s cancellation) will begin in the same city – possibly Indianapolis – at different locations in the same metro zone. This is an ambitious plan for the sport, which has already had dozens of rejections and delays. With 68 teams in one city, nothing seems guaranteed, although Gewitt said that the NCAA offers flexibility and guarantees payments for each league.
However, that has not dispelled the concerns of the coaches at intermediate level who wonder if the NCAA will make room for them in the chaos of this unprecedented season.
Fault! The file name is not specified. The Loyola Chicago 2018 Final Four race brought more than $8 million to the Missouri Valley Conference, but average viewers may not even make it to this year’s NCAA tournament. Ronald Martinez/Getty Pictures
The promotion to the NCAA tournament is an opportunity that contributes to the success of these schools. Loyola Chicago has pledged more than $8 million for the Missouri Valley Conference, which is preparing for the Final Four in 2018. The budget cuts and costs related to COWID-19 have alerted some of them to financial problems, because they do not know how the coming months will go in their leagues.
The question is whether the conference tournaments in 2021 are safe, practical or financially feasible. Moreover, the leagues are not sure that the final motivation – admission to the NCAA tournament – will be on the table this season.
First, the assumption that any conference in the middle of a major event can organize a tournament is ambitious and desirable, according to Georgian statesman Rob Lanier. Who knows where we’ll be in March?
What if it’s just a shiny [NCAA] tournament? said John Becker, head coach of the Vermont program, which will be held on November 18. December’s coming back. It’s scary for the middle class. It’s something we’ve been afraid of for a long time.
The WAC stretches from the West Coast (University of Seattle) to the Midwest (University of Chicago) and the Southwest (New Mexico). These logistics and the associated health and safety protocols are an issue that Commissioner Jeff Herd of the League must resolve. But Hurd said he wasn’t concentrating on the NCAA tournaments because he was still trying to come up with a realistic plan for his league’s tournaments.
I’m not so much concerned about decisions at the NCAA tournament level, but rather about our ability to play, play and manage the conference season and play our conference tournaments, Hurd said. This is my biggest concern.
Hard to say that the biggest advantage of Power 5 in sailing this season is access to the best travel options. Many long-haul programs accept charter flights, a luxury that could alleviate some of the concerns about coronavirus if the WAC had access to them, Hurd said. This season, his league has to play Friday through Saturday at the same location to limit overland flights, but his teams still have to travel through different airports to reach their destination at a time when the CDC recommends travel restrictions.
That’s one of the biggest differences, Hurd said. Most of these schools can travel on charter flights. It’s not just a question of resources. This is a health and safety issue.
Lee from South Dakota said that his conversations on five levels with his colleagues revealed the main differences in their experiences with KOVID.19 He said it wasn’t just about travelling and other places to live. The ability to isolate players in private hotel rooms if they have been exposed to the coronavirus or if they have tested positive is also an advantage. Some of these schools may spend more resources on contact tracing. And the daily tests increase the chances of detecting a case and preventing an outbreak. In South Dakota the players are tested three times a week according to the NCAA guidelines.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Traveling to Play the Power 5 Conference Schools like Nebraska are a great source of income for small schools like South Dakota. Stephen Branscombe U.S.A. Sports today.
Lee said his teachers handle most of the contact tracing program and are part of the team responsible for watching the video for his school’s contact tracing protocols – a new charge largely ignored.
I think our coaching staff and our COVID committee have seen more films than the coaching staff, says Lee. We’re trying to keep the boys out of their 40s.
The NCAA’s recommendation for a 14-day quarantine following a positive team test may change according to the new CDC recommendations (10 days without symptoms and 7 days with a negative test) introduced this week. The current NCAA guidelines are the biggest challenges for the secondary schools that follow these guidelines. Casey Alexander of Belmont told ESPN that his team has been out of service since the first quarter for four separate 14-day power outages. The month of September did not allow a third of the 30 trainings allowed in the previous season.
We literally tried to see if they could breathe during training, he said. It’s a little sad.
To maintain the rules of social distance, Utah’s Craig Smith’s team watches a film on the wall of the training centre, which is blasted by a large projector while the players and staff are at least six metres apart. This is not the only institution that had to create the program. When he landed last week at the Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Smith discovered that his team would be facing the VCU and not the state of Wichita, which had been eliminated due to problems with COVID-19.
Flying Reality will determine the college basketball season. But Smith said he was concerned about the ability of some schools that don’t have five to get on the NCAA selection committee’s radar. The NCAA has reduced the minimum number of games to 13. And Gavitt said the NCAA will soon announce a waiver that can be used by any team that has not reached the 13th percentile. However, the opportunities for earning non-conference credit will be limited for medium-performing schools.
With the Power 5 they have Quad 1 and Quad 2 left and right, Smith said. I just don’t think there’s anything wrong.
Fault! The file name is not specified. Coach John Becker stated that his Vermont team spent nearly four weeks in quarantine during the preseason. Aaron Doster/USA Today Sports
In Vermont, Becker said his team was in quarantine for almost four weeks during the preseason. Those breaks, he says, left the mid-range coaches in awe of their ability to hold their own for the rest of the season.
Becker said we could have an offside and pointed out how little practice we have. I think that fear is probably what we all feel: What if no one in our league reaches 13 games? How many conferences in the middle of an important period will be able to reach the finish line?
The latter may depend on decisions outside the control of the collegiate officials. On the West Coast, both Oregon and the state of Oregon received state approval for the game a few weeks ago, but Portland and Portland had to wait for the release, which took place last week after Beef. Kate Brown said it was only fair to give the University of Portland and the University of Portland the same chance as the Pac-12 schools in Oregon when she made her announcement.
These differences between the haves and have-nots, according to Gloria Nevarez, commissioner in charge of the West Coast Conference, suggest that Power 5 schools could have more influence on local authorities if they tried to navigate the protocols.
At the WCC, Santa Clara University is located in a district that recently forbade contact sports, forcing 49 San Francisco residents to leave the state to attend the upcoming games in Glendale, Arizona. New home reservations in Los Angeles could affect Loyola Marimount.
Our competition is unique, Nevarez said. We are in one of the strictest areas of the country.
Big Sky Commissioner Tom Wistrell said he was confident the NCAA tournament organizers were aware of the challenges in the collegiate ties business and would include all the leagues available to play, as it is vital for our organization that we stay in touch.
Like his colleagues, Wistrell is more concerned about other variables that could affect the season well before the Sunday of the sample.
Wistrell said that in his league, which has schools in eight states, this is a daily evaluation. He said his goal was to play as many games as possible and to review plans after the season as the month of March approaches.
We don’t want to make plans for the end of the world, he said. But we weren’t planning on playing all the games either.
Back in Phoenix, Jans said he’d take all the matches. Given the fact that until today there weren’t just three people on his list and only one department where I studied, it’s clear that the planning was difficult. Living 380 miles from campus in the near future didn’t help.
But Jans said his team will treat the next few weeks as a Saturday morning runner at the YMCA and hopes to fill the void in the team’s last-minute schedule that an opponent needs.
Looking at the way things are going, there will be opportunities, Jans said. We only intend to be within phone range.
As a national average, it can only wait and see what happens next.