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November start date for 2020-21 college basketball season, ACC to play non-conference games

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FSU awaits decisions from ACC on scheduling

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UPDATE: Reports have surfaced that the ACC will play non-conference games this season.

It’s official.

The NCAA met today regarding the upcoming 2020-21 college basketball season, and talks have progressed significantly towards a start date: November 25th. According to several reports, the start date was put to a vote and approved this afternoon — the news was confirmed by the NCAA Wednesday night.

During this unprecedented offseason, basketball programs from around the country like the Florida State Seminoles have been preparing for the season without a definite schedule yet in place.

Unsurprisingly, there are also active discussions occurring at the conference level. When Florida State basketball head coach Leonard Hamilton spoke to the media Wednesday, he said that himself and the other 14 head coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference recently met to discuss “a lot of scenarios” for the upcoming season.

FSU and every college team will await decisions from their conferences once the NCAA has finalized their plans. Also, major details like whether non-conference games will be played or even COVID-19 testing protocols are still undetermined.

Last season, the Seminoles finished 25-6 overall and 16-4 in the ACC to earn their first-ever regular season ACC championship in Hamilton’s 18th year as head coach.