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NCAAB: COVID-19 forfeiture policy revised in major conferences

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Athletic directors in the Atlantic Coast Conference voted unanimously Wednesday to do away with the conference policy that required teams to forfeit if they didn’t have enough players because of COVID-19.

CBS Sports reported athletic directors in the Pac-12 followed suit and that the Big 12 rescinded its forfeiture rule on Tuesday. Neither conference had made an official announcement as of Wednesday afternoon.

The Big Ten announced that it is re-evaluating its rule. The Southeastern Conference and Big East had yet to take any action to change policies.

In the ACC, the rule applied to all winter sports, including basketball, but the new policy now calls for an attempt to be made to reschedule a game. If a new date can’t be worked out, the game will be declared a no contest.

The change was made in response to the quickly growing number of COVID-19 cases nationwide.

The ACC athletic directors also agreed that, for men’s and women’s basketball, teams must have at least seven players and one coach available for a game. If the team has the required number but elects not to play, the game will be a forfeit.

The rule is being applied retroactively, meaning teams that already had to forfeit a game will have the loss taken away. Boston College’s men’s basketball team previously forfeited a game against Wake Forest, and the Miami women’s basketball team forfeited against Duke.

In the Pac-12, Washington’s forfeit to UCLA is expected to be wiped out.

–Field Level Media

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