The Big 12 was one of the few conferences this week to announce changes to its COVID package policy for basketball.
Specifically, any Big 12 league game that is postponed under specific COVID-related protocols will now be listed as a “no contest” instead of a forfeit.
The Big 12 defined this type of postponement taking place “in the event that a team has less than six scholarship players and an accounting coach available for a match”. A school must submit a form to the league office and conference opponent when it is aware of a potential roster limitation.
A Big 12 statement said conference staff will “do their best” to schedule all postponed games while trying to ensure no team plays more than three games in a multi-seven day period. weeks.
CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander reported Wednesday that the Big West, ACC and Pac-12 have all joined the Big 12 in changing their championship game forfeit policies over the past two days.
COVID impacted Kansas’ last men’s basketball game as a road contest in Colorado on Tuesday night was canceled due to an outbreak within the Buffaloes’ program.
Speaking to reporters at the team hotel after the announcement, KU coach Bill Self said he would be opposed to the Big 12 maintaining their previous forfeit policy for competitions. league with the new emergence of COVID cases linked to the omicron variant. He predicted “that’s going to change” regarding the directive, giving the comments just before the Big 12 changed course.
“I’m not going to say positively what the policy will be, but there’s no way, in my opinion, that you can have this policy in the conference game, with the thought that it can happen to anyone, any time like this,” Self said. said, referring to the fact that Colorado couldn’t play. “Now you can have a situation where you’re trying to play makeup games, and it’s going to be harder to do, because you don’t have a week off to do it. But I think they’ll still try to sneak into as many matches as possible.
Self said on Tuesday he was confident the country would avoid complete shutdowns as omicron ramped up, though he admitted college sports would likely be affected for some time.
“Let’s face it. The championship (of college football) could be suspended. We will have breaks,” Self said. “But hopefully it won’t take away our daily living habits.”
Kellis Robinett of Wichita Eagle contributed to this report.