“This the reality of the pandemic,” Sullivan said. “Right now, we’re hopeful but not naive that the focus of our non-conference schedule will remain Southern Methodist, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. We have some windows for flexibility. Those are three high-quality games.”
The college basketball season begins Nov. 25 for many teams. Dayton decided not to schedule a game that day or one that counts in the opening week because it wants to ease into the season and get prepared for the three marquee games on the schedule.
“We’re looking at it as a ramp up,” Sullivan said. “As we sit here today, things are still getting disrupted.”
As of early Friday afternoon, 230 of the 357 teams in Division had released their non-conference schedules, according to the D1 Docket, a Twitter account that keeps track of schedule releases.
Dayton’s schedule was thrown into flux when it withdrew from the Crossover Classic earlier this month because of the COVID-19 situation in South Dakota. Ohio State withdrew from the same event a day earlier. Sullivan said Dayton and Ohio State talked about playing.
“Everything was on the table,” Sullivan said. “A number of things have to come together. We have a great relationship with Ohio State. Coach (Chris) Holtmann has been great. We all agreed to keep in touch. At some point, we think that will work out — but maybe not this season.”