Seton Hall basketball: A detailed look at how Big East rescheduling will work Jerry Carino, Asbury Park Press Tue, December 28, 2021, 10:06 AM·5 min read In this article: Once COVID’s highly contagious omicron variant ripped through the college basketball landscape, changing their game cancellation policy from forfeits to postponements was the easy part for Big East Conference members. Now comes the jigsaw puzzle of rescheduling. “It’s going to be a big challenge,” said Seton Hall athletics director Bryan Felt, whose men’s basketball team had its first two league games called off. - ADVERTISEMENT - Some guardrails will guide the process: ► The conference has full authority to reschedule, which is a change from last season, when schools took the lead while working with the league. ► Teams cannot play three games in a week in back-to-back weeks. If there is a three-game week, the following week maxes out at two games. ► Teams cannot play games on back-to-back days. “We didn’t want to put too many provisions in to make it harder to reschedule, but at the same time you have to protect student-athletes from playing too many games in a week,” Felt explained. “That was everyone’s concern. We don’t want to put them at risk.” RELATED: Myles Cale's legacy grows with each defensive stop Dec 9, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; against the Seton Hall Pirates fans cheer during the second half against the Texas Longhorns at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Giving the conference full authority to reschedule was important after the 2020-21 experience, when gamesmanship played a role in determining which postponed contests eventually got played. That doesn’t mean the jigsaw puzzle gets easier, though. “As a coach when you look at a schedule, what do you care about: How much rest do we have and how much rest is the other team on?” Felt said. “That’s going to go out the window a little bit. You’re going to have to reschedule some programs that are coming off four days’ rest against others that have one day’s rest. That’s the nature of the beast with this kind of thing. You’re going to have some inequalities.” ► Arena availability will be low on the list factors. Most Big East schools play at least some home games in arenas they do not own. Concerts and other events dot the calendars. Some schools, like Seton Hall, are secondary tenants to professional sports teams. “We all said that can’t be a big factor,” Felt said. “You would never be able to reschedule some of these games. It might not happen, but you may have to bite the bullet and play in your campus arena in some cases.” ► The Big East’s television partner, Fox Sports, will have a significant hand in the process. “We want the games televised,” Felt said. ► The pecking order for rescheduling is chronological. “They’re going to reschedule games in the order of cancellation, so we’re up first with St. John’s,” Felt said. “We should be informed about that pretty soon.” The likelihood of Seton Hall making up St. John’s at home and DePaul on the road, Felt said, “is good.” Beyond that, all bets are off. “There are going to be games, whether it’s us or other schools, where there’s no window for it to be rescheduled,” Felt said.