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And Another Thing


Eighty-six the 96

Talk of expanding Da Tournament foolish

Been hearing a lot of chatter the last couple of days about the NCAA possibly considering expanding the NCAA tournament to 96 teams.

This is a really bad, and also really revealing, idea.

The revealing part is that it exposes once more the member schools' primary goal, which is to make as much money as they possibly can off what is an exceedingly cheap labor pool. It also exposes that there are a lot of overpaid coaches out there who enjoy their gigs and want to hang onto them.

Make no mistake, the idea of expanding tournament is not about giving more schools a chance. Too many of them already get a chance; every year a handful of schools who have no business in the tournament make the tournament. And now you want to add 31 schools? Really?

All it would do is water down the tournament to an absurd extent, and take even more kids out of class during a period of time when they already miss too much class. So what's driving this?

Job security for the coaches, pure and simple. It's 31 more coaches who can go to their ADs and say, "Hey, look, I got us into the NCAA tournament. Where's my contract extension?"

Ben Smith's blog.