In the wake of Southeastern Community College dismissing 10 players from its men's basketball team and cancelling its season much of how the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference Division I's conference season will unfold remains uncertain.
Fundamentally, whether SCC's season is canceled or forfeited will have a bearing on how the Blackhawks' decision affects the rest of the conference, which includes Marshalltown Community College.
"We're waiting for clarification from the NJCAA to see if it is cancellation or forfeiture," said ICCAC commissioner Thom McDonald in a phone conversation with the Times-Republican on Friday. "The ramifications are if it's forfeiture then we have the issue where (teams) can't make up the games."
"If it's cancellation of season, then all those teams could fill those games with other teams, even though it would be difficult to do, would have that opportunity," he added.
The 10 players dismissed are Marshaun Maull, Jordan Aaron, Nicos Norris, Davon Morton, Deonte Houston, Fahro Alihodzic, D'Lando Carter, Mike Hemsley, Elhadji "Bira" Seck, and Ron Patten Jr., according to a statement released by the school.
Keenan McGhee and Keanu McGhe will also not return to SCC because of academic ineligibility.
"I'm very disappointed in the actions of these young men," Southeastern head coach and athletic director Terry Carroll said in a statement. "Each violated the SCC athletic code of conduct.
"Sadly, these have been good kids who made some incredibly irresponsible and poor choices," he added.
Southeastern's only two remaining players, Tion Barnes and Taquan Zimmerman, are currently enrolled and set to return when classes begin next month, the school said.
Without the Blackhawks, there are only three ICCAC DI teams, meaning a conference champion will be determined through just four games.
SCC was 13-3 overall through its first semester slate of games.
It's also unclear how this will affect the Region XI playoffs. There will be a meeting held next week to try to determine how the event will be played.
"Do you play two (seed) versus three (seed) and then the winner plays the best of three (against the top seed) and then the district game has to be played by the 13th (of March) and so there's some issues from that and how that's going to play out," McDonald said.
"There's some inconvenience and there's maybe some preparation things, but I think the bigger one is the end of the season than it is at the end of the season," added McDonald.
McDonald did not anticipate there being any action or investigation into the Southeastern situation by either the conference or NJCAA.
"It had nothing to do with NJCAA or ICCAC rules. It all had to do with internal discipline," said McDonald.
MCC returns to the court Jan. 9 at home inside the Student Activity Center against the Wartburg College JV. The Tigers were scheduled to face Southeastern in West Burlington on Jan. 28 and host the Blackhawks on Feb. 18.