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Sources: NCAA Committees Agree On Nov. 25 Start For CBB Season

The NCAA women's basketball oversight committee and men's basketball oversight committee "jointly agreed" to propose Nov. 25 as the "start date for the 2020-21 college basketball season," according to sources cited by Matt Norlander of CBSSPORTS.com. The proposal "will eventually be sent" to the D-I Council, which is scheduled to meet on Sept. 16. An approving vote by the Council on that day "would make Nov. 25 college basketball's new official opening day." But sources have "stressed that flexibility in the coming 6-8 weeks will be paramount." If the environment in the U.S. and college athletics "changes for the worse in regard to the coronavirus pandemic, men's and women's basketball will have their season starts delayed as necessary." Sources said that some people on Tuesday's conference call "unsuccessfully lobbied to keep the schedule as is, pushing for a Nov. 10 start date." Sources added that the Pac-12 has "communicated that a Dec. 4 start date would be its first preference, providing an indication the league is moving closer to reversing its Aug. 11 decision to prohibit basketball until January. But a source said if Nov. 25 was to be the date, the Pac-12 "could probably work with that" (CBSSPORTS.com, 9/2).