Sendek, Boeheim, Other Coaches Want To Expand The NCAA Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS – College basketball coaches such as Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and N.C. State’s Herb Sendek have been talking for years about expanding the NCAA tournament.

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11 Responses to Sendek, Boeheim, Other Coaches Want To Expand The NCAA Tournament

  1. ncsumatman 03/31/2006 at 4:22 PM #

    This would benefit Herbie greatly, much easier to get into the NCAA tourney, much easier to keep his streak alive.

  2. SaccoV 03/31/2006 at 4:53 PM #

    No kidding. This is like politicians voting against campaign finance reform. Ridiculous. If anything, the tournament should be reduced back to 48 teams so that making the damn thing would be worth something each year. What dolts!

  3. Gregory Jones 03/31/2006 at 4:56 PM #

    Not surprising coming from a man that has grossly underachieved compared to those he served with as assistant coaches under Pitino, at Kentucky, when they won titles in 1996 and 1998. Herb served with Tubby Smith, and Billy Donovan. Tubby has already won a National title at Kentucky and of course Donovan, who has been coaching the same number of years as Herb, is coaching in his second final four in ten years.

    Sad but true, we got the least successful of Pitino’s former assistants.

  4. Washington Wolf 03/31/2006 at 7:30 PM #

    Gregory: Don’t forget that Sendek was also an assistant under Rick Barnes. Too bad he didn’t learn anything from his teachers.

  5. El Scrotcho 03/31/2006 at 9:32 PM #

    How about giving out “Participation Trophies” to all 317 schools? After all we want everyone to feel successful, whether they are or not.

    It angers me to see tradition and achievement devalued.

    Does anyone honestly feel like there was a championship quality program left out of the NCAA tournament this year?

  6. J.R. 04/01/2006 at 3:57 AM #

    I can see herb saying this, but Boeheim. I know he is just as likely to get knocked out in the 1st rd., but he has won the whole thing. This is the nice guy attitude, where everyone is successful to some degree, and should be rewarded for mediocrity. Has anyone watched the NIT, there is a reason those teams are there. They deserve to be there.

  7. class of '74 04/01/2006 at 8:01 AM #

    Is there any wonder why? Tnese guys believe in tenure. You should NEVER fire a coach for any reason short of a felony!

    Heck, let all 317 or 320 schools in the tournament that way the HSSS’ers lose the argument of Herb did something special by getting us another 10 seed. As soon as we face a top 50 team we will be sent home anyway. Oh what a coach we have.

  8. ushum 04/01/2006 at 8:31 AM #

    i’m ashamed of our coach…

  9. wopacker1980 04/01/2006 at 8:37 AM #

    News flash: every team in the ACC does participate Herb, its called the ACC tourney. Win that – move on.

  10. VTPACKFAN 04/01/2006 at 9:25 AM #

    I oppose the paly in game. I hate to see teams that won their conference tourney have to play in a “exihibition” game before the real tourney starts. That said, George Mason might not have gotten an at large bid this year. They did however, and I hope the ramifications of their success make it harder for major conference mediocracy teams to make in the future.

  11. Harry 04/01/2006 at 4:36 PM #

    What hatin’! With the expansion of D1 and the increase in teh number of conferences, what is wrong with a few more teams? I propose 3 more. The have four opening round games – two on Tuesday and two on Wednesday – at two permanent sites and have the winners move on. It would also make the 13 – 15 seeds stronger, as we would pull out the lowest 8 seeds and replace the next seeds with stronger teams.

    Take a look at this year. Was Binghamton-UConn and unwatchable game? Southern-Duke? Teams are closer that some want to admit, and I think it would add validity to the opening round games and give those teams from the smaller, weaker conferences a showcase of there own. If the top teams are that good, then it won’t make a difference to them, would it?

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