March Madness, Spring Sports Canceled

With the recent coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA has announced all winter and spring sports/championships have been canceled, including the men’s and women’s basketball championships. This comes on a day when FSU was crowned the ACC Champion after the ACC Tournament was canceled as well.

Here is the full statement:

Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities

On a local level, obviously it’s devastating to a Florida State team that had legitimate Final 4 hopes and won their first regular season ACC championship. All the work the coaches, staff, players, graduate assistants, managers, trainers, media, etc. put in throughout the season to have such a historical season… all for a lot of what ifs. This team was special. And what a career from Trent Forrest. He gave his all to Florida State’s basketball program, and he was the quintessential Seminole. He did everything he could on and off the court, and leaves FSU as it’s winningest player.

The NCAA probably made the right move, though. They have more information than most of us do, and were working with health professionals to ensure the right decision was made. I was expecting a postponement announcement, this feels a little too fast, and I hate it for all of the seniors across the country who are now left wondering what might have been, but it’s probably the best decision.

The question will come out about whether players deserve another season. As it pertains to spring sports like baseball and softball, sports that just started, I imagine they’ll get a waiver to play another year.

For basketball… I doubt it, it would create a ton of logistical nightmares; sports like basketball are basically almost done with recruiting for the next season, and teams only have 13 scholarships. The NCAA would have to allow all seniors to return as Redshirt Seniors while increasing scholarship limits nationwide, which some schools might not be able to afford. Then there’s the issue of still having to take classes… there is too much to try and figure out and twist and bend, I don’t see it happening. Some of these seniors were already done with their careers, and the vast majority of them left had anywhere between 1 and 3 games remaining.

As far as the national champion, I don’t think they can legitimately crown one. They were originally supposed to just have no fans in attendance, but they’ve now progressed to no tournament. We’ll see what comes out in the coming days and weeks about this.

For now, celebrate this 2019/20 Florida State Men’s Basketball team. What a squad. Guys will have NBA decisions to worry about, and an ending like this may impact a lot of thinking.

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