A day in the life of a Twitter user in 2020 goes like this. Wake up, pour yourself a cup of coffee, start scrolling the feed, and watch some sort of random bomb shell come in out of left field that no one was expecting. Today’s winner was Louisville head coach Chris Mack.
September 9, 2020
During a time in which everyone needs to think outside of the box to have any sort of college basketball season happen, the ACC coaches apparently got together and brainstormed a bit too far outside said box.
This isn’t coming from a “March Madness is perfect do not mess with it” perspective (although it is please do not mess with it). This is not the first time that there has been talk of expanding the number of teams. But, color me a skeptic, it just doesn’t seem quite feasible to organize 340+ teams in a tournament correctly, when seeding issues and what not run rampant each year with just 64 teams.
Also, nothing says “the ability to incentive the regular season” by awarding every single team that is able to field a team a spot in the postseason. Congratulations to the ACC head coaches for thinking of one of the most absurd solutions to the problem possible.
That said, maybe absurd ideas are what college basketball needs. Without serious financial support from the NCAA, the idea of doing bubble tournaments and such will become a large case of the haves and the have-nots. Gonzaga might be getting an invite to the premium bubble tournaments, but what about Pepperdine and other WCC schools? Does their season largely evaporate just because they don’t have the sway?
Can the NCAA somehow make it work with a tournament whose bracket is so big you will have a migraine trying to fill it out? Probably not. But in lieu of any other suggestions, you have to give the ACC coaches credit for saying something.