Scratch a college basketball coach and you’ll find a guy who thinks the bigger the tournament the better. In fact, Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan feels that anybody who has qualms about expansion at this point in time is a fool who’s ignoring the historical success story of the NCAA tourney.
… The NCAA tournament began as an eight-team bracket in 1939, moved to 16 teams in 1951, 32 in 1975, 48 in 1980 and 64 teams in 1985, when there were 282 Division I teams.
In 2001, the NCAA adopted its current format. A play-in game increased the field to 65 teams.
“To me, it’s foolish for those people who are saying it’s perfect the way it is,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. “Obviously, they’ve lived a very shallow life when it comes to looking at change and what change can do and how it can affect things. The history of expansion with the NCAA has been very successful.
“The only people who would be disappointed would be all those people that have already printed out their 64-game bracket sheets. I think those can be changed.
“For the expansion not to take place, it can only be because there are some people behind the scenes that are controlling certain entities that will not allow us to do this. But, if this doesn’t happen, it’ll be a crime.”
I swear I didn’t make that quote up.
Meanwhile, on another front, the Football Division Formerly Known As 1-AA has run into a bit of a logistical problem as it considers moving its championship game to Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas: a conflict with the Cotton Bowl.
The next championship game is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2011, the same day that the Cotton Bowl Classic is to be played in prime time on Fox. Burnett said the NCAA told him that if Frisco gets the game, it would work with local officials and ESPN, which televises the game, on the date.
“We don’t want to be going head-to-head with the Cotton Bowl in this market,” Burnett said.
The game has normally been played in December. But next season, the FCS will add another round to the playoffs, making it five weekends. That will force the final two teams to play in January amid the bowl activity.
Hey fellas, add another round to that and problem solved! Just sayin’…