NCAA determined to pursue bubble play

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    THE NCAA is determined to launch its 96th season under a school-based bubble instead of relying on the much-awaited vaccine.

    This was bared by a highly-reliable Malaya-Business Insight source, who maintained that although the green light for the return to training of varsity squads and the eventual go-signal to hold collegiate tournaments seem to be nowhere in sight, the league will still push for the approval of a school-based bubble.

    “Ang tumatakbong sentimyento ngayon is parang mas acceptable iyong school-based bubble kaysa sa vaccine,” the source said. “Itutuloy pa rin iyong request sa IATF para sa school-based bubble and we’ll see kung papayagan.”

    The source insisted that there is a whale of difference between the pro leagues and the collegiate ranks, especially on the financial aspect.

    “Iyong sa PBA kasi, iyong mga player gusto nilang ituloy kasi nga hanapbuhay nila iyan,” the source said. “Iba sa collegiate.”

    The NCAA intends to only have the four mandatory sports – basketball, volleyball, swimming, and track and field – in the second quarter next year.

    The source said while there are some athletes who are set to join the PBA Draft set on March 14, more players are opting to stay.

    “Mayroong mga magpapa-draft pero mas lamang iyong nagsabi na they will wait for one more season to play out iyong huling season nila,” the source said.

    The country’s oldest collegiate league also relaxed its eligibility ruling on graduating athletes.

    “Nag-adjust kami. We gave them one more year,” the source said.