26 June 2006
Madness spilling into April
Fixing things that ain't broke is generally not a good idea:
In its present state, the NCAA basketball tournament approaches perfection. Not too many teams, not too few, unknowns upsetting the enormous schools wall-to-wall hoops for 3 weeks in March. And then you have the astounding run of George Mason.
Now, the coaches want to nearly double the size of the 65-team field. They will ask the NCAA to expand the field at meetings in Orlando, Fla., this week.
"They'd love to see the tournament double to 128," said Jim Haney, executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. "It's based on several things. First, there are a lot of good teams worthy of making the NCAA field, and second, the size of 64 or 65 has been in place for a number of years."
Two immediate questions:
The cynic in me sees this as an attempt at increasing job security for coaches: you make the NCAA, you're probably not going to be fired.
(Via Deadspin.)Posted at 8:42 AM to Net Proceeds