By Steve Lansdale
AUSTIN, Texas — It is not an overstatement to suggest that Thursday, March 12, 2020, was like no other in the history of American sports.
The day started with the realization that National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver had suspended the season after it was announced that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert had tested positive for the coronavirus that has dominated international headlines for more than week.
Initially, it appeared that college basketball would be played, albeit in arenas without fans. That changed Thursday when commissioners around the country started canceling conference tournaments .