Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades told CBSSports.com on Wednesday that while the Bears are unlikely to make up all of their postponed regular-season games, they are fully committed to playing in the Big 12 Tournament.
Later on Wednesday, assistant athletic director for communications David Kaye went on SicEm365.com’s afternoon show with David Smoak and Paul Catalina to clarify that the Bears would do everything possible to make up as many games as they could, but it would be unlikely that they would do so.
Why the clarification? Dodd’s story was accurate. But the headline and subhead seemed to indicate that the Bears would not make up any of the postponed games. Kaye mentioned that he knew that others probably wrote the headline for Dodd’s piece and that it basically required clarification for that reason.
“When I saw that (headline), I immediately thought, ‘Man, someone’s gonna see that and not read through the whole article, and we don’t want there to be any confusion about that,’” Kaye told SicEm365.com. “We’re not going to be able to make up all of the games, but we do plan to make up at least a few.”
That reflected what Rhoades had told Dodd earlier on Wednesday.
“Mathematically, where we are right now, I don’t think we’ll end up playing all 18 conference games. I don’t think that’s feasible,” Rhoades said.
Dodd also quoted Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, who indicated a similar possibility for the entire conference.
“I think we’re probably getting enough compression in the last three or four weeks of the season that it’s a real possibility that not all games will be made up,” Bowlsby said.
The Bears (17-0, 9-0 in Big 12) are currently undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the country. But they are on an extended COVID-19 pause, which started last weekend with the postponement of last Saturday’s game with TCU and tonight’s game with Oklahoma.
On Monday the Bears and the Big 12 announced that its next three games would be postponed, too — Saturday’s game with Texas Tech, and next week’s back-to-back games with West Virginia, one of which was a rescheduled game from West Virginia’s COVID-19 pause earlier this season.
Baylor’s next planned game is Feb. 20 against Oklahoma State. After that, the Bears are scheduled to play two more games before entering the ‘buffer week’ between the Big 12 regular season and the Big 12 Tournament, which was intended to provide teams time to make up postponed games.
It’s just that Baylor has six to reschedule now. Along with the five current postponements, the Bears had to postpone their Dec. 13 opener with Texas.
Catalina asked Kaye if it was possible for Baylor to play three games in a week. Kaye indicated that that was certainly a possibility.
“We had it scheduled to play three in a week (next week) against West Virginia and then Oklahoma State, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility at all to play three in a week,” Kaye said.
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