Just a reminder that the people running college athletics — you know, the ones who righteously insist that college athletes are college students first and foremost — are nothing but a bunch of hypocritical assholes:
Every week since the novel coronavirus pandemic hit in March, canceling most of the Big East Tournament and the entire NCAA Tournament, the league’s athletic directors have met virtually. And as the fall nears, and the college basketball season gets closer, they have begun talking about the possibility of a bubble for men’s and women’s basketball to safely play a conference season.
“We definitely talk about it. There’s been discussions in every meeting since June about different concepts and over the last two-to-three weeks we’ve had presentations of some early ideas from the league office, how [a bubble] could look,” St. John’s athletic director Mike Cragg told The Post. “I’m not in favor of a three-month bubble or the whole season. That’s not practical. I am interested in short bursts of a bubble. If you can create a two- or three-week bubble and play six or eight games, I think that makes a lot of sense.”
Are there problems implementing such a plan? Sure.
There is, of course, a lot that would be needed to happen for a bubble to be created. For one, it would have to be affordable. All the schools are either going to virtual learning or a hybrid approach, so players wouldn’t miss classes. And the TV partner, Fox, would have to be on board. At that point, the league’s presidents could be given the parameters of the plan and hold a vote.
“It takes a lot of things. It’s not just, ‘Here’s 13 guys, here’s another 13 guys, let’s go play a game,’ ” Cragg said. “It’s an investment.”
Fortunately for Cragg and his ilk, none of them involve making sure the kids are college students first.
It’s gonna be something watching these people twist themselves in rhetorical knots once some semblance of normalcy returns and they go back to defending their business model like nothing happened.