College basketball will get an early start in 2013-14. The NCAA Board of Directors have approved a rule change that would allow schools to start basketball practice 42 days before the team’s first game. Teams will be allowed to hold 30 practices in that six-week period.
An excerpt from the NCAA:
The rule creates a flexible preseason practice schedule that allows practice days and off days instead of the current schedule that leads to practice occurring every possible day. The more flexible approach provides coaches with the ability to determine how to use practice opportunities.
The original proposal allowed practice to start 40 days before the first game, but the Council members adjusted the rule to accommodate for Midnight Madness events often planned around the first men’s basketball practice. Because a significant number of teams start playing games on the first day the rules allow it (the second Friday in November), the first day for practice would fall on a Sunday, which is not conducive to Midnight Madness events. Expanding the time period to 42 days allows the first practice to be held on a Friday.
John Calipari is already on record as saying he won’t change UK’s Madness date.