96 NCAA Tournament teams? Not so fast

96 NCAA Tournament teams? Not so fast

Posted by Lindsey on Wed, 02/03/2010 - 17:55
Hi gang, We interrupt our Football Frenzy to address the fast-moving rumor that the NCAA already has decided to expand the men's basketball tournament from 65 to 96 teams. According to Dave Worlock, an Associate Director of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship, nothing's set in stone or even in papier-mache. "We are in an exploratory process and giving the topic of tournament expansion its due diligence," Worlock wrote in an e-mail. "But to say, as some are, that expansion is imminent or a 'done deal' is false." Thank goodness, because I don't think there's a single March Madness fan across these United States who believes a 96-team tournament to be a good idea. I prefer to refer to it as a terribly horrible grotesque abomination of an idea. I know coaches think this will give them more job security and help them on the road to riches, but here's a sample of the negotiation conversations that could go on across the country: CONVERSATION 1: Coach's Agent: "OK, my client would like an extension and a nice raise. He's taken you to the NCAAs three years in a row." AD: "While I can appreciate your client's work, we were the East region's No. 21 seed twice and a No. 15 once!" Coach's Agent: "Hello! Three NCAA Tournament bids in a row!" AD: "Yeah, and we were a grand total of 10 over .500 in those years. How 'bout we negotiate a buyout instead?" CONVERSATION 2: Coach's Agent: "OK, my client would like an extension and a nice raise. We've been a 5 seed or better each of the last two years." AD: "Yeah, that's worked out great. The only NCAA games we've won in those two years are the first-round byes. The first year, we became the first bye team in history to lose to a No. 21 seed. We sure got a lot of exposure on ESPN for that. Thank your client again for me. Then, the next year, we lost to a 13 seed. Good times." Coach's Agent: "Maybe we should negotiate a bonus for Tournament wins. I forgot to ask for that last time, though you're at fault, too, for not volunteering such a thing." AD: (self-combusts) LW
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