Vermont announced late on Sunday that it will delay the start of its hockey and basketball seasons until Dec. 18 due an uptick in COVID cases across the state. "After discussions with President Garimella and the Vermont Department of Health, it became clear that delaying the start of our seasons was the most responsible course of action,” said UVM Director of Athletics Jeff Schulman. "Our state is obviously seeing a significant increase in COVID-19 cases and it's important that our programs are operating in a manner that is consistent with guidance from state officials. I certainly feel for our student-athletes, coaches and staff who have been following strict protocols in preparing for a return to competition. Moving forward, we will make every effort to play out our competitive schedules while always prioritizing the health and wellbeing of our student-athletes, as well as that of our campus and community."