After the NCAA decided to cancel its March Madness tournament, Conservatism Inc. golden boy Charlie Kirk began to whine about the decision.
Ever obsessed about economic growth and cheap entertainment, Kirk went on Twitter to complain about the organization’s decision.
He tweeted, “The NCAA is a disgrace. Instead of postponing March Madness they robbed seniors & players everywhere of a once in a lifetime opportunity Why didn’t they postpone by 2 weeks, pick a warm location, have no crowd, & screen players? NCAA is inept as they are corrupt Unforgivable!’
The NCAA is a disgrace.
Why didn't they postpone by 2 weeks, pick a warm location, have no crowd, & screen players?
NCAA is inept as they are corrupt
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 13, 2020
Others echoed Kirk’s sentiment about how players had their seasons and careers cut short.
Given how quick the Wuhan virus has been spreading and the public nature of these sporting events, the NCAA’s decision was reasonable.
However, the NCAA may actually be considering policies to have players retain their year of eligibility due to the freak nature of the Wuhan flu.
Basketball analyst Jeff Goodman says that the NCAA is beginning to roll out this idea.
Both winter and spring sports are being looked at for potential adjustments.
“The NCAA’s Council Coordination Committee has agreed to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports,” Goodman updated his followers in a tweet. “Committee will also discuss issues for winter sport student-athletes.”
Goodman gave a follow up report.
“Players in spring sports get another year of eligibility,” he said. “NCAA looking into what to do with those who played winter sports.”
The NCAA then released a statement on the decision:
The NCAA Board of Governors encourages conferences and schools to make decisions and take action in the best interest of student-athletes and their communities. In addition, the NCAA Board of Governors directs Divisions I, II and III to consider necessary adjustments to or waivers of rules where appropriate.
The Board of Governors for each division must then pass the changes for them to go into effect.
247Sports Chris Hummer wrote about certain challenges the NCAA will face when granting extra eligibility due to the Wuhan flu.
“Roster size restrictions are a thing in college athletics,” he wrote. “Division I baseball teams can only carry 35 players during the regular season. There are only 11.7 scholarships to go around among that group. Coaches allot those scholarships and roster spots based on impending graduations. But what happens if the seniors are granted an extra year of eligibility?”
That would create a pileup effect when it came to managing numbers. Scholarships would be restricted and difficult roster decisions would have to made. In many cases, high school athletes have already signed. What do you do when the numbers don’t add up? The NCAA would need to find an elegant solution, which would likely mean temporarily expanding roster sizes.
The NCAA released a statement March 13, 2020 regarding all winter and spring championships:
Today, NCAA President Mark Emmert and the Board of Governors canceled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities.
Charlie Kirk can rest easy now.
His favorite sporting events will eventually be back on and the athletes will get another chance to perform.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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