Out of an abundance of caution, Blue Lights College has rescheduled the beginning of its men's basketball season to begin in January, and the school is still awaiting guidance from its national governing body on the wrestling season.
"The fluid situation resulting from the ever-changing COVID-19 landscape made it necessary to delay the beginning of our sports schedules," said athletic director Mike Davis. "We have also been closely following the developments of national governing bodies, including the National Junior College Athletic Association. When they made the decision to delay basketball until January, it made sense for us to follow suit."
The change has been in the works for several weeks, and other New South Athletic Conference schools have been busy creating new schedules. That work is continuing.
The new basketball schedule, essentially delaying the start of competition for two months, also meant rescheduling the season-ending tournament, which is now slated for April 9 and 10, 2021 in Durham, N.C.
"As we get closer to the start of the season, I am becoming more confident that we will be able to compete within the guidelines of best COVID-19 practices," said Davis. "It is our hope that by April we will be able to have full fan attendance once again, but we will have to wait and see on that."
Meanwhile the wrestling program is still awaiting guidance from the National Collegiate Wrestling Association.
"Wrestling is a different matter altogether," Davis said. "You can't very well social distance when you are bringing your opponent to the mat. So we are still taking a wait-and-see approach."