Shannon Ryan: The college basketball season is a mess before it even starts. With the sport's leaders intent on playing on, they need to simplify schedules to adjust for the COVID-19 surge.

The college basketball season is a mess, and we haven’t even gotten to the opening tipoff.The season starts Wednesday, and at least 40 Division I teams are quarantining or have paused activity because of COVID-19. That includes DePaul and Loyola, which reported outbreaks. Illinois had to find a last-minute replacement for its multi-team event Wednesday through Friday when Wright State dropped out because it didn’t have enough available players.Baylor and Seton Hall mutually called off their game Sunday after Baylor coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19. No. 8 Illinois’ Dec. 2 game agai…

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