NCAA CONSIDERS ENDING BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS
Syracuse, NY (UT) - The NCAA is reportedly deciding this week whether
or not to eliminate its annual postseason tournament.
The change was considered after an independent commission released a
report last week that scathed the NCAA playoff system. Numerous
reasons were cited, including insufficient study time and overall
"I hope they do decide to do away with it," said commission
chairperson Bobby Spurrier during a recent interview, "March Madness
is exactly that. It is madness, and it is patently unfair. Traditional
basketball powers like Kentucky, Duke, and Kansas will always be finishing in the Top 16, resulting in an unequal distribution of additional revenues to
those schools. Smaller colleges like Boise State and Utah cannot compete."
The tournament's length was also a point of contention. "It can take
up to a month of class time away from the student-athletes," said
sports psychologist Dr. Einhart Biggelsworth. "Who knows what long term
effects this could lead to?"
The commission contends that NCAA basketball should instead follow college football's example and institute a series of bowl games. "They could be held in any number of stadiums or arenas around the country," Spurrier said. "The college bowl system is a well-established institution in this country. We believe that it is far more preferable and equitable to have each college play only one post-season game rather than six. Plus under a bowl system the smaller institutions would receive post-season revenue, as long as they finished with a winning record. And as college football has quite clearly shown, with the addition of the Bowl Championship Series you are guaranteed to have a national champion."