>< SPECIAL REPORT
> ATLANTA (Rueters)-- What took
>place in the Georgia Dome today
>boggles the mind.
> During their practice sessions, all
>four teams competing in the NCAA
>finals conducted practice at both ends
>of the court with a TWO-FOOT difference
>in the height of the rim.
> The basket on one end was what
>we'd call conventional -- 10 feet high
>-- but at the other end 12.
> Apparently, coaches of Louisivlle,
>Wichita State, Michigan and Syracuse
>-- the Final Four -- aren't sure what
>height the baskets will be and wanted
>their players to be ready in case the
>12-footers are used.
> "It's rumored the NCAA, which has
>always kissed the ass of the NBA in
>basketball matters, could declare a
>change in the height of the hoops at
>any moment," one coach told Sean
>"Ins" Hannity of Fox News.
While the bit about the NCAA kissing the ass of the NBA in basketball
matters makes a bit of sense (or does anybody else have an explanation
as to how the no-charge arc got there?), the NBA isn't about to raise
the height of the basket, in no small part because the NCAA will never
The NCAA won't do it for two reasons.
First, you have to remember that there's no such thing as the "NCAA
Division I Basketball Rulebook" - the NCAA uses the same rules for
Divisions I, II, and III, and there is no way they are going to make
every university replace its 10-foot baskets with 12-foot ones. (No,
most backboards can't be adjusted at will; if they could, don't you
think that the women's baskets would have been lowered years ago?)
Second, every player would have to re-learn how to shoot free throws.
If you thought the NCAA raising rims was an impossibility, just look
at the NFHS, which has used cost as a reason not to enforce a shot
clock in high school basketball. (Yes, some states - California and
Massachusetts come to mind - use shot clocks. They also aren't
allowed to have any representative on the rules committee.)