Rothstein | NCAA to meet regarding earlier start for college basketball

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The NCAA is expected to meet at some point in the next few weeks to discuss the possibility of moving up the start date of the college basketball season, multiple sources have informed FanRag Sports. Such a proposal is likely to feature moving the first day of the season to a Tuesday during the second week of November rather than a Friday.

However, the 2017-18 season will still begin on Friday, November 10.

Three additional sources have informed FanRag Sports that several coaches were asked to vote on this specific topic during their respective conference meetings this past spring. If ultimately passed, the three-day shift would likely begin as a result of the 2018-19 season.

On the other hand, a separate source has informed FanRag Sports that most coaches favor such a move to an earlier start date so that the opening weekend in college basketball won’t directly compete with the college football slate.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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