No March Madness: NCAA cancels national championship tournaments

The NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis is pictured, Thursday, March 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

The NCAA canceled its men's and women's basketball tournaments on Thursday because of the spread of coronavirus, putting an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned.

The unprecedented move comes a day after the NCAA announced the games that were scheduled to start next week would go on, but played in mostly empty arenas. That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league from the NBA to MLB put the brakes on its season due to concerns about the pandemic.

“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to the spread of the pandemic and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during the academic year given the ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA said in statement.

The NCAA canceled championships in every spring sport, which include hockey, baseball and lacrosse.

The stunning end to the basketball season came about four hours after a frantic morning when conference tournaments around the country came to a sudden halt. Moments away from tipoff at some arenas, and minutes apart, each Power Five conference canceled its remaining games.

At Madison Square Garden in New York, the Big East game between Creighton and St. John's did start, but at halftime the conference called off that game and all the rest. Turns out that was the last Division I basketball to be played this season.

Smaller conferences followed suit, shutting down their tournaments, and within a few hours 58 men's games scheduled in 16 conferences had been canceled.

Then the conferences began shutting down all athletic activities, for at least a few weeks like the Southeastern Conference, or indefinitely like the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A few hours later, the NCAA put an end to it all.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the virus.

The NCAA men's basketball tournament has been played every year since 1939 when Oregon won the championship in Evanston, Illinois. It has grown through the years, both in size and stature. The three-week tournament generates almost a billion dollars in revenue each year for the NCAA and its hundreds of member universities and colleges, most coming from a television contract with CBS and Turner that pays the NCAA almost $800 million annually.

It is now one of the biggest events in American sports, a basketball marathon of buzzer-beaters, upset and thrills involving 68 teams. The field for the men's tournament was scheduled to be announced Sunday, creating the famous bracket that sports fans would obsess over in office pools and at sportsbooks.

The 64-team women's field was to be revealed Monday. The NCAA women's tournament began in 1982 and it, too, has become a big event, raising the profile of the sport.

“I'm disappointed but I totally understand. I really feel for the senior student-athletes; every student athlete, but particularly the seniors because this is their last chance for the fans,” said Oregon women's coach Kelly Graves, whose team would have entered the tournament as favorites to reach the Final Four in New Orleans. “There's something more important than the games going on. I've kind of come to grips to that a little more than a few hours ago."

Games would have started on the men's side on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio, before spreading out to eight sites from coast-to-coast from next Thursday through Sunday. The women's tournament was scheduled to begin March 20, with first- and second-round games to be played at 16 sites on or near the campuses of the top teams.

The men's Final Four was to be played April 4 and 6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The semifinals and final typically pack football stadiums for the games, and after the champion is crowned the best moments of the year's tournament are wrapped up into the “One Shining Moment” montage that has become a staple of CBS' television coverage through the years.

Instead, March Madness took on a different meaning as sports have virtually shut down.

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Jonathan Allison

wow

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Todd Hudnall

I guess the NCAA goes old school and Kansas is the default Men's Basketball Champions.

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Bryce Landon

No chance that happens. The NCAA will do the politically correct thing and declare "no champion".

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Spencer Goff

If it were Dook at #1 I think what they define as "politically correct" would be different.

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Todd Hudnall

My comment was tongue in cheek. I know they won't do it, but I think they should. We were the undisputed Top Team of the regular season. Hate this happened any season, but particularly in a year when our team is so terrific. My heart particularly goes out to all the kids that have dreamed of playing in this tournament.

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Eric TheCapn

The media will declare a champion, and it will be Kansas. NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Today is a day for celebration!

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Bryce Landon

No, it is not a day for celebration. It's a day for mourning and grief. The offseason has been thrust upon us way too soon. And it is going to be a long and miserable offseason.

I feel worse about this than I do about any of KU's Tournament failures over the years. At least there was a tournament for us to fail in. I'd rather lose 100 times to a Bucknell or a Bradley than have the postseason completely ripped from us!

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Dane Pratt

The NCAA won’t declare us national champions but the press will. We were number one on the final poll and that’s what matters. Who knew the game against Texas Tech was so important.

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Bryce Landon

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Chad Smith

Once KU and Duke suspended activities indefinitely I had a feeling this was next. Man, what a great season. But I'm with Mark Few, why not postpone and if necessary, cancel at a later date. It's so damn disappointing.

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Steve Davis

Like bureaucrats everywhere, the NCAA cares only about whether it could possibly look bad. I hope they try to explain how playing basketball in an empty arena can lead to the spread coronavirus any more so than other likely options to be chosen by the players. Perhaps the NCAA should require that tracking devices be implanted on all athletes to assure they do not mix with other persons in any way. Oh, no, wait; they couldn't be blamed for that. So, it's ok.

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Benjamin Shear

Inevitable. Predicted by many here. I feel incredibly sad for the athletes, especially the seniors. Once one group/organization decided to cancel, it was only a matter of time before others had to follow or look like the black swan. It's a lot like the run on toilet paper. No one actually thinks that it will help keep you 'safe', but once people started to stock up, others decided to stock up because it was becoming scarce. The ball rolled down hill and now you can't find TP anywhere. This is the same thing. Once one event is canceled, everything is canceled. Let's just cancel everything.

It's normal to feel all the cycles of grief here. Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally...acceptance. I hope they award some sort of National Championship to KU, even if there is a large asterisk by it. They truly are the best team in the country. KU is the big loser here because they really had the best chance to win it all in multiple decades. I'm choosing acceptance and looking forward to next year.

Far above the golden valley
Glorious to view,
Stands our noble Alma Mater,
Towering toward the blue.

Lift the chorus ever onward,
Crimson and the blue
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater
Hail to old KU.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk, go KU!

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Bryce Landon

The 2019-20 Jayhawks will join the 1994 Expos in the "What Might Have Been" category. Would they have won a title if not for the strike (in the case of the Expos) or the Coronavirus Panic in our case? We'll never know. But I feel cheated and angry that healthy people are being robbed of a chance to enjoy normal March activities because of a fraction of a percentage of a chance that someone might get sick.

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Eric TheCapn

The 2019-20 Jayhawks are national champions as far as I'm concerned. It's extremely difficult to argue otherwise.

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Marcus Duncan

North Carolina must have spent millions buying/influencing the NCAA. They are the only team that benefits from this: 19 Losses by Ol' Roy's Boy's. Wow! Didn'
t see that one coming.

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Spencer Goff

They didn't have to pay any extra for this, North Carolina has had them in their pocket book for many years.

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Joe Joseph

Hadn't thought of it that way, but it really does erase both the good (KU) and the bad (UNC).

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Mike Riches

Crap. I've been refreshing ESPN all day waiting for this...I was so hoping to see "suspended" or "postponed" rather than "cancelled"...

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Damian Glaze

Is it possible this type of action helps bankrupt the NCAA and it goes away? Congratulations Presumptive National Champions - The University of Kansas!

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Shannon Gustafson

They've got insurance for this. If they didn't, they'd never cancel it.

I was reading something from a guy who works in the insurance industry and knows who insures the NCAA against cancellations like this and he said they are pissing themselves (this was 4-5 days ago so it was barely a possibility at that point).

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Bryce Landon

The NCAA Tournament survived World War II. It survived a 45-year-long threat of nuclear annihilation at the hands of the Soviets. It survived the wars in Korea and Vietnam. It survived Desert Storm and the War on Terror. It survived the post-9/11 anthrax attacks. It survived all the other disease scares we've had in the past 20 years (SARS, West Nile, bird flu, swine flu, Zika, among others).

And yet it couldn't survive the coronavirus scare.

Incredible. Sad. Outrageous.

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Damian Glaze

That's a testament to the amount of lies and BS that's been shoveled around instead of taking on the problem with caution, knowledge and proactive decision-making. This hysteria could have been prevented months ago. South Korea is testing 10,000 people a day. The US has tested only about 6,000 to date. Different approaches with different results.

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Ross Cargo

We definitely could be ahead of where we are now....

President Trump on Tuesday (Feb 25) played down concerns about the coronavirus in the U.S., saying the situation was "under control" and was a "problem that's going to go away."

"We have very few people with it," Trump told reporters at a news conference in New Delhi, adding that he was not totally caught up on the latest details because of his trip to India but that "the people are getting better, they're all getting better," referring to patients in the U.S.

The Trump administration’s slow rollout of testing for coronavirus has become something of a national scandal, and it’s easy to see why when you compare the US testing rate to that of other affected countries. South Korea stands out for its rapid rollout of extensive testing, including through innovative drive-through testing programs.

Drive-through testing is being piloted in some parts of the US, like New Hampshire, but we still have a long way to go before we match South Korean and Chinese testing levels.

The initial denial of reality set us back, but this weeks news is bringing people to reality quickly (with a some deniers still out there).

Much of the above is from a combination of news sources.

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Buck Bukaty

You've been drinking the koolaid, pal. Go back to Misery and slither under your rock!

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Brett McCabe

Facts suck don’t they you nimrod.

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Micky Baker

This has nothing to do with Trump. It isn't spreading that fast. It is a faster response than there was with H1N1 and Swine Flu, and far fewer people have died from this. This is way over the top and it is driven by a dishonest national news media.

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Micky Baker

We don't have nearly as many people with the symptoms either, and we don't have that many cases in the United States. It wouldn't matter to you if he acted on it 3 months ago, you wouldn't be happy because he doesn't have a D after his name. Stop acting out of bad faith.

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Tim Orel

Well, the President of the NCAA will not have to suffer the embarrassment of potentially having to hand the championship trophy to Bill Self and an MVP award to Sylvio DeSosa (yeah, far less likely, but who knows?).

KU was the top rated team, but will this interrupt KU's streak of being in the NCAA tourney? How many years is this now? Since 1990? 1991? Will this negate that this is the first year in how many that UNC and Roy aren't in the tourney? Will Virginia still be the reigning champion next year?

I have Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays as my days off. I was soooo looking forward to the next three weeks of games.

I would be upset but seeing how the Utah Jazz player was being stupid and passing his virus to his teammate, potentially to reporters by touching their phones and microphones in the interview room and seeing photos of the Jazz player with sweat being guarded by another sweating player so it would be relatively easy for the virus to be spread (at least based upon current knowledge), I don't want anyone to give the virus to KU's players even with their likelihood to get through it without real problems. They could contaminate friends, family, other people without knowing it and they wouldn't want that situation either. For those people who are saying the players should play even with the risk, you're putting your entertainment potentially above the health of your Jayhawk players. For those who complain about the loss of personal revenue for the people staffing the arenas and bringing you that entertainment, it sucks but how many players or fans or staffers is an acceptable total for you to have get sick, or worse, die, just so you can be entertained? I don't know, but do you want to put a number on that? If you could contain your risk to yourself, sure a 1-3% chance might be worth it for yourself, but this virus doesn't limit itself to one person. It spreads to others before someone feels they're infected and they go get tested. It lasts, apparently for a few days, on surfaces that are touched so you don't have to know someone to infect or be infected by them.

Again, how many people sick or dead is an acceptable loss for your entertainment?

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RJ King

Agree on all counts, Tim.

BTW, I had mentioned the loss of income for the workers affected by this. That comment was intended to bring a little reality to the outraged complainers who are ONLY losing their entertainment for the next 3 weeks, and their bragging rights to a possible KU championship.

I'm completely behind the closures and cancellations being mandated. Eliminating the virus will be the cure for the economy ... not trying to get one last paycheck before the collapse.

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Barry Weiss

I think it is only logical to look to the current ranking as the NC. Why not?

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Armen Kurdian

Doesn't feel the same. They could come out right now and declare us NC and it wouldn't make me feel any better.

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Bryce Landon

Exactly. It would feel pretty hollow, like a consolation prize.

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Grace Greene

Let's be honest....we were probably going to have a vacate this years tournament anyways.

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Shannon Gustafson

No, they can't vacate a season where no violations took place. They could vacate last year's final 4 run and suspend us from tournament play next year but this year was free and clear.

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Spencer Goff

In my mind we are the Champs. #1 rated team in the land playing the best basketball in the land at the right time of the year. And to those who say "no," I offer two counters to that argument:

1) Nobody gives a damn what Mark Emmert and Nike say about titles, athletics in general, or student welfare because we know it is window dressing.

and,

2) Every other fanbase, if it were their team in KU's situation, would be claiming a title.

So don't be an Emmert or a hypocrite. We're the champs, sell them t-shirts.

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Dale Stringer

We ended the year consensus #1 in the AP and Coaches' Polls. Put the banner up.

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Joe Joseph

And basically every advanced metric. KU was the clear-cut #1 team in the nation. They deserve something.

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Pamela Shanks

And like the Utah Jazz, it is inevitable that someone in the field would get sick and test positive meaning their team would be quarantined. Do we really want to win a tournament that was won partially by teams being pulled out of competition? I just don’t see how all the games could ever have been played.

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Buck Bukaty

Note to Self (pun intended!): This team and the coaching staff's leadership resulted in the best team we've enjoyed in forever. With our top-shelf Defense we could win on any given day even if only 3 of 5 cylinders firing.

What can we do to honor these guys, and your staff? Seriously, something has to be in the works! Rock Chalk.....**HANG THE BANNER!!**

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Brett McCabe

You mean, like the one UCF hung? If the NCAA declares a National Championship, then sure. They won’t. Because it’s not how they decide the champion.

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Dane Pratt

Says who?

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Shannon Gustafson

While we can't earn the trophy by traditional means (through the tournament), the football championship was determined by the polls for 125 years before the BCS era arrived so it's not like it's an outlandish idea to think a national champion could be determined by their body of work over 31 games in the regular season (which is 2-3x more games than they played decades ago in Football to determine a champion by the polls).

I'd prefer if they could play it out in a month (but it won't happen) or that they could do an elite 8 or final 4 only since that could be done over a long weekend at a single venue with no fans and minimal staff (but it won't happen).

Would it feel the same as winning it through the tournament? No. Is the results after 31 games more accurate than after 6? Yes. It might be the first time in a long time than the best team actually won the title.

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Trace Stark

Sadness.

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Jeff Coffman

Another Helm's National Championship...6 Banners now!!

3 by AP number 1 and 3 by tournament.

I'm good with that.

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Sean Doherty

A re-post I wrote on a different story:

I would love, love, love to see college seniors and grad transfers across the board, not just college basketball, but all men's and women's sports, who's future professional career could be severely damaged (Dok, anyone?) by the NCAA to LAWYER UP. I don't mind pro sports cancelling. Players are still getting paid. NCAA has deep pockets, but won't pay players and a couple individuals can't stop them. But with the hit they are taking for canceling sports instead of the more reasonable option they had planned (no spectators) and with several thousand athletes suing for damages to their potential careers, this might just be what can destroy the NCAA.

There were a hundred different ways to handle this situation (The current U.S. situation: less than 2,000 people sick from CoronaV, and a number of deaths that are DWARFED by, oh lets just pull one out of a hat and say, teen suicides) other than just cancelling everything (which is a very black and white decision, forget about grey area). Hypothetical theory #1 of an endless supply of more reasonable solutions could be such as: temporary postponement, with empty stands, with athletes and workers verified "clean", etc, etc. The possible scenarios are vast in the gray area of life. Nothing in life is just black or white, one extreme or the complete opposite extreme.

No class action lawsuit either and no "settling", everyone has to sue individually. This just might, ultimately, lead to what we all really want: to cripple the NCAA. Through media shoveling fear, social media used as "accurate news", political tripe and overall hate, irrational mass hysteria, and a little tiny life form who reminds us of one of our favorite Hispanic beers, we all might have found the greatest cure for one of the worst diseases of the 20th and 21st centuries, the NCAA.

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Brett McCabe

You realize that the NCAA is a voluntary membership organization, right? You have lots of options. You can join the NAIA, or start your own inter-planetary league. Do what you want. But don’t whine like Bruce Weber because things didn’t go your way.

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Eric TheCapn

"You have lots of options." lol, k.

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Martin Rosenblum

There goes my reason/plans to go to Vegas for the semis/final! Well, that and the probable increased exposure to infected people from who knows where touching everything that I touch and breathing everywhere I breathe. Not to mention the flights, which could be cancelled at the last minute even if I wanted to be in a tube of human germs for several hours!
The potential for tournaments at a later date seems so unlikely due to logistics that it seems like Kansas just got sneezed on without a way to prove it's domination and superiority. We won the regular season title, we were ranked number 1 in every final season poll. We had such great positions in many metrics. Potentially had two POY candidates, that should receive the honors regardless. And we were going to be the number 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. This year should not just be a footnote in the history of NCAA basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks!

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Barry Weiss

Many schools claim or recognize pre-tournament era national college basketball championships by virtue of being selected by third-party selectors, such as the Helms Athletic Foundation, including the University of Kansas,[18] Purdue University,[19] Stanford University,[20] the University of North Carolina,[21] the University of Pittsburgh,[22] the University of Wisconsin,[23] Syracuse University,[24] and Washington State University.[25] In addition, in some years teams won playoff series or tournaments played on the court for a national championship. For example, LSU claims the 1935 championship by virtue of winning the American Legion Bowl game against Pittsburgh in a match-up of regional powers.[26]

Three schools claim a national championship based on their NIT championships: DePaul (1945),[27] Utah (1947),[28] and San Francisco (1949).[29] Long Island also recognizes its selection as the 1939 national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation.[30]

The following table is a partial list of schools that claim a national championship from the pre-NCAA Tournament era of college basketball. See also Helms Athletic Foundation Basketball National Champions. Not all schools recognize national championship honors bestowed by third-party selectors.

This list is incomplete; you can help by expanding it.
Year (pre-1939) School Source
1904 Hiram[31][32][33][34][35][36] 1904 Olympic Games college championship tournament
1908 Chicago[37][38] National Championship Playoff
1912 Wisconsin Helms Athletic Foundation
1914 Wisconsin Helms Athletic Foundation
1915 Illinois Helms Athletic Foundation
1916 Utah[39]
Wisconsin AAU tournament
Helms Athletic Foundation
1917 Washington State Helms Athletic Foundation
1918 Syracuse Helms Athletic Foundation
1920 New York University[39]
Pennsylvania[40] AAU tournament
National Championship Playoff
1922 Wabash[41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49]
Kansas First National Collegiate Championship Tournament
Helms Athletic Foundation
1923 Kansas Helms Athletic Foundation
1924 North Carolina
Butler[39] Helms Athletic Foundation
AAU tournament
1925 Princeton
Washburn[39] Helms Athletic Foundation
AAU tournament
1926 Syracuse Helms Athletic Foundation
1927 Notre Dame Helms Athletic Foundation
1928 Pittsburgh Helms Athletic Foundation
1929 Butler
Montana State Veteran Athletes of Philadelphia
Helms Athletic Foundation
1930 Pittsburgh[50] Naismith Basketball HOF Championship Game, Helms Athletic Foundation
1931 Northwestern Helms Athletic Foundation
1932 Purdue Helms Athletic Foundation
1934 Wyoming Helms Athletic Foundation
1935 LSU[51] American Legion Bowl Game
1936 Notre Dame Helms Athletic Foundation
1937 Stanford Helms Athletic Foundation
1938 Temple Helms Athletic Foundation, NIT
2020 Kansas Associated Press

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Brett McCabe

I feel like I’m on a Bruce Weber hustle chart board where NC’s are determined by whiny little....

The Helms Trophy preceded the tourney.

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Buck Bukaty

Hey, pal, your mommy's calling. Run upstairs and take out the trash like you were told.

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Tony Bandle

Random Thoughts:

1] Besides hanging the 2020 Big 12 Championship Banner, it would seem quite reasonable to allow Kansas to hang a "2020 Final Consensus Number One" Banner. It doesn't violate any NCAA post tourney regs, it serves as some recognition at least for this year's team and it's the truth.

2] I thought that they would delay the tourney for a bit to allow things to settle down and see what was feasible..heck, you can always cancel.

3] Interestingly enough, the NCAA made this preemptive decision without consulting school presidents, conference officials, coaches, the media, etc. One thing you can say is that the NCAA is good at is making a rash decision quickly.

4] Every senior in America should be given a fifth year if they want it.....no penalty, no questions asked and make sure it is clear this is a one shot deal.

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Barry Weiss

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Dane Pratt

And while they're at it hang a banner for the World Games.

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Micky Baker

You cannot persuade me that this move is not overreaction. The NBA did, so all the other sport leagues are trying to be "virtuous". But the people that are going to hurt this weekend that include the players, the fans, the coaches, the people that work at the venues, the fans watching or listening from home or work, etc. The other virus threats that we have faced have been much worse than this and it was played down by the media and those that oppose Trump. Then all of a sudden, Trump didn't act quickly enough even though there haven't been more than 10,000 deaths from it like H1N1 when Trump was not President. You keep playing games like this, you're going to be viewed negatively when the history books are written. Especially if this thing is over in a month and all this action taken the day after Trump had the address to the nation last night. But none of you that mention Trump's name really care or you would have cared when 11,000 people died from h1n1 when Obama was President, but you didn't so it's easy to tell you're not being sincere.

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Creg Bohrer

That's a bummer.. at least they could take the top 8 teams and have a one week tourney. Would love to see a KU Dayton rematch.

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Brett McCabe

Really disgusting to see the focus on hanging some sort of banner. We didn’t win anything.

We had nimrods complaining about Markus going up for what he earned and nimrods suggesting that we put up a banner about an imaginary accomplishment?

I remember when I thought that being a Jayhawk actually meant something. This is pathetic.

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Mike Greer

Brett McCabe, the only thing that surprises me about your posts on this subject, is you haven't blamed Bill Self for it, yet.

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Ryan Mullen

Thanks Boomer McCabe!

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William Dostert

I have the solutions:

KU champs *

Give everyone an extra year of eligibility.

Dok would come back!!

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William Dostert

Dear Ross you are dreaming. The US took immediate action restricting travel from China. That saved our ass period. Testing is a joke. So you get tested and 10 minutes later you might get it. Trump was right, we have very little in the US and only that Seattle nursing home made the death toll higher than it should have been.

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William Dostert

Tim last year x amount of people died from catching the flu at March Madness. Get real this was a huge over reaction

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Tim Orel

Last year there was a flu vaccine for people to be able to protect themselves. There is no vaccine (yet) for this Corona virus, so nobody has protection. We don't know how many might get sick from this, but all indications are that it is deadlier than the regular flu (estimates are 7-10x) and it tends to strike those who are older and more vulnerable to diseases but people are contagious before they even know they're infected, so after the game, when they are in a restaurant, shopping or visiting relatives, they're spreading the virus to people who didn't go to the games. Maybe this is an overreaction, but we'll know in time. We don't know now, so postponing these large gatherings is the responsible thing to do.

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Dirk Medema

Virtually no one dies from the flu.

Many people die from pneumonia, but you won’t find that statistic because they don’t keep it. That doesn’t fit the narrative. Is there a vaccine for pneumonia?

One of the craziest parts of the decision, a
that underscores the foundation of sound reasoning - they cancelled all the “spring” tournaments including baseball. That tourney is 2-3 months from now.

Do you think they changed the name because of the impact to some beer sales?

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Pamela Shanks

I think that is because if you don't, kids and support staff (think broadly including dorms, cafeteria, etc.) stay on campuses and practice. Once all tournaments are off, kids go home and attend school virtually.

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Sean Doherty

I didn't make this either. I cut and pasted it from their website. These poor kids they rule over and their employee minions who won't have a job in a few weeks :( However the 9 figure bosses will be fine. No problems at all.

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Pius Waldman

WE surely realize when the Utah team had a player show positive and cancelled their game at Oklahoma City that started cancelling and suspending games. That actually forced others to do the same. In fact NCAA had already stated games without spectators. But they were forced by opinions to change to stop games for the season. That is how it was.

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