I’m going to do my yearly NCAA tournament rant; it was good for Rick Santilli, maybe the result will be a real change this time.
This is a fascinating article in regard to the extreme effort that the ten selection committee members have in making sure their choices are legitimate, quality, justifiable bracket picks. Should the Hokies be in or out? How about Missouri State? How much weight to give the RPI?
By day, [Gene] Smith is the athletic director at Ohio State. By night, early morning and whenever else he can find a free minute, he also serves as the chairman of the NCAA men’s basketball committee, a group of 10 college administrators who will determine which teams are in the tournament and which ones don’t make the cut on Selection Sunday.
I will ask the unmentionable question: Why is Ohio State’s AD choosing who dances? I do not question his commitment, determination or integrity; I am sure their hearts are pure in how they select. But, the Division I ADs and commissioners have inherent conflicts of interests that in my view are institutional and cannot be removed by just leaving the room. They want their teams and leagues and regions to do well. It breeds suspicion that is unnecessary.
There is a simple solution: Have Division II and III coaches/ADs/commissioners choose the Division I tournament and vice versa – it would be a great honor and nowhere near the institutional conflicts that Division I administrators choosing their own for the Big Dance.