We're currently navigating the most trying, unorthodox and unique college basketball season ever. At the Division III level, almost half the country is cancelled from competition. Schools will close, opening the flood gates to transfer markets, coaching crunches and a whole lot of uncertainty. In Division II, there are lost seasons, sure. But budgetary concerns are primary: many institutions see a decrease in donations and fundraising efforts, which fuel so many scholarships. At a level already flushed with transfers, the movement at D2 will be insane next year, both with those searching for D1 opportunities and those looking for money wherever they can get it.
In the D1 world -- the world most everyone sees or thinks about -- things aren't quite as drastic, but heavy interruptions to the season bring severe financial implications. The stunted D1 football season and lack of "buy" game in major sports will crush some athletic department budgets. Some D1 conferences, like the Ivy League, have cancelled outright. Games are being postponed, delayed and added on a weekly basis with contract tracing and outbreaks as the enemy. Nobody knows about an NCAA Tournament, nobody knows how a vaccine might factor in.
What we do know is that things won't go back to the way they were as soon as fans are allowed back in arena and all levels are resuming. There will be either lasting ramifications/ changes to the college basketball landscape or trickle-down effects that impact future classes of players. Here's a list of a few thoughts that could change these levels, D1 in particular.
Michigan Wolverines Horns Sets
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Dickinson College.