Tag:college basketball
Posted on: March 6, 2011 5:08 pm

Automatic bids for the Big Dance

W/ teams like UNC-Asheville and Indiana State throwing large wrenches early in the process of bids for the NCAA tournament, I have to blog about what I've said forever.........the NCAA needs to change how the automatic bids get determined.  I've been an advocate for years that the auto bids be the regular season champions.  That way, at least the teams who work their butts off and fight game in and game out and do the best, get in.  They are the ones the who truly deserve it.  Let the conference tourney champions, that are different from regular season champs, get automatic NIT bids.  These teams still get the trophy, money and postseason play. 
Now I wonder will Missouri State get screwed?  More importantly how many deserving bubble teams get shunned to the NIT or worse because of these upsets.  As a person who has always done his own rankings for college hoops and has a profound love of the game himself, I'm not too worried about detracting from the excitement and fan fair of March Madness, w/ these changes.  Those who truly love college hoops, and that's a LOT, will not turn away.  College hoops is a great, if not the greatest, pasion for me personally and I feel for these teams who deserve a shot, especially for those outside the Big 6 conferences.  There are way too many teams deserving of a bid from other conferences.  Parity is bigger than ever (which is great for the game).  Let's reward teams for having great seasons, period.  If the committee doesn't really look at RPI, why the hell does everyone bring it up?  Get rid of it!  As for strength of schedule, that is so skewed, it's pathetic. 
Memo to the NCAA:  Reward teams!  Don't have 346 Division I teams and act like they're all important, if it's really about greed and money and they really aren't all important.  The sysytem has needed changing for a long time.  I can only hope the NCAA will get it better one day. 
Posted on: March 6, 2011 4:40 pm

BYU and Davies

I have write on the situation at BYU w/ Brandon Davies being dismissed for having sex w/ his girlfriend.  I'm not trying to put down the Mormon religion, but what they did was far too extreme.  I recognize that the school has the right to establish their own policies and they can take that type of action if they see fit.  However, having the right to do something doesn't make the action taken inherently right.  First, where's the attrition, the forgiveness?  If God forgives, can the school not?  It would have been one thing to suspend him through the conference tournament, but not completely disregard him.  He's a human being.  To reiterate, that's HUMAN being!  If anyone else at BYU is perfect, they should come forward.  I understand that a code of conduct was signed and the palyer knew what it entailed.  However, he made love to a girlfriend; a person I would hope he was in love with; he didn't use a prostitute.  I don't condone pre-marital sex.  As someone who works in the HIV/STD section of his state's health department, there's too much risk to be cavalier about it.  I would expect universities like BYU to be on a higher level of forgiveness as well.  I understand their position and I know they want to make sure others don't do that.  We live in a time when athletes are suspended and dismissed a lot.  While the details aren't normally released or very specific, I can bet that cases of players having consentual sex are among them.  W/ athletes comitting rape, robberry, assault and battery, is this a person/athlete who deserved his punishment, especially when so many others are never dismissed even when they commit true offenses.  We are ALL sexual beings by human nature.  Another part of human nature is giving second chances.  One more thing, I don't know if Davies was Mormon or not.  I forget specifically, but I don't think every student or athlete at BYU is Mormon; if I'm wrong, my bad.  If I'm right, or even not, is it fair to force that religion on trhem because they go to that school.  I have to say hell no!  The school is getting their money or at least their talents.  Let them be who they are.  If they commit criminal offenses, kick them off the team, but not for being inherently human!
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