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MU basketball to get early start

MU basketball
May. 05, 2013 @ 10:53 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall Thundering Herd men's basketball will get an earlier start on the 2013-14 season thanks to a new NCAA rule.

NCAA Division I men's teams will be allowed to begin practice up to two weeks earlier than in the past. The proposal was finalized at the close of the Board of Directors meeting Thursday.

The opening date for games in the 2013-14 season is Nov. 8, so teams will be able to start practicing Sept. 27.

Marshall had its 2012-13 Thundering Herd Madness tip-off event on Oct. 12, 2012.

Last month, the NCAA Legislative Council amended and approved a measure that will allow men's teams to conduct 30 days of practice in the six weeks before their first regular-season game, an NCAA news release said. In the past, practice began roughly four weeks before the regular season.

"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 release said.

A separate proposal that eliminated the requirement that the first practice begin no earlier than 5 p.m. on the first allowable day was also adopted. The new rule would allow schools to make their own judgment about the starting time when practice begins.

The rule change brings the men's basketball practice start date closer to that of the women's teams, the release said. Women's basketball teams begin no earlier than 40 days before the first regular-season game, with a limit of 30 days of practice.

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