can be that it warps your perception of what sort of progress a program is making under its head coach.
Case in point: Texas A & M Corpus Christi 80, Georgia 79. You think Damon Evans doesn’t see that SEC basketball championship from last year as little more than a mirage right now?
And before anyone gets started with “that can’t happen with an eight-team football playoff”, you’re right. But what happens as the coaches put more and more pressure to expand the postseason? And they will, because a bigger tourney means more cover for mediocre coaches. An early round playoff upset can cover a lot of regular season ills in the minds of many. It may be pernicious, but it’s also human nature.
In the end, they’ll likely get their way, too. After all, that’s been the history with any other American sport with a tournament.