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NCAA MBB Tournament selection storylines:
+ Here's your bracket (link)
+ Pac-12 Hotline's Wilner wraps up what ultimately mattered to the Committee: A team's full body of work, wins away from home, a challenging non-conference slate & wins over others in the tourney. (link)
+ Creighton AD & Committee chair Rasmussen says the MBB-FBI developments had nothing to do with Louisville, USC & Oklahoma State ending up on the outside looking in. (link)
+ Notre Dame was the last team out. (link)
+ NCAA Director of Media Coordination/Statistics Worlock: "I wanted to share a couple of tidbits as points of clarity. First, the committee used the S-Curve on the first two lines after having repeated trouble with competitive balance on the top 4 lines. Returned to using geography and conference affiliation for lines 3 and 4. That's how UNC ended up in the West, despite being the top team on the 2 line. For the first time in several years, the committee had to move teams off of their true seed line. This was because two Big East teams were No. 1 seeds and four Big East teams were on the 8 and 9 lines. This resulted in Butler and Providence moving down to the 10 line, while Florida St. and NC State moved up to the 9 line despite being seeded 37 and 38 on the overall seed list." (link)
+ ESPN's Goodman with a well-done piece on those who were left out as mid-major HCs question the selection process in comments that seem to cycle around every single year. Middle Tennessee HC Davis: "The committee sent a message to me that it's going to get tougher for everybody at our level to get an at-large with this new system. You've got to be perfect. We only have a few chances, and they are usually either on the road or on a neutral court, where the Power 5 schools have six to eight opportunities at home in front of their crowd." St. Mary's HC Bennett: "Explain to me how the quadrant system is scored? There's the problem. I don't know why they do anything. I will tell you that they won't tell you how they keep score." USC HC Enfield says the conference slate didn't even matter this year & Baylor's Drew pushes for an expansion of the tourney to 96 teams. (link)
+ Middle Tennessee AD Massaro via Twitter, "The deck is stacked. How do we collect Quadrant 1 home wins?" (link)
+ Also a good thread on mid-major scheduling from CBS' Parrish. Nevada figured it out, looks like St. Mary's didn't. (link)
USA Today's Perez wraps up the vibe around yesterday's Selection Show format on TBS, "...the bracket rollout lacked the usual celebratory and dejection footage for the bubble teams. Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer, said that was 'a small price to pay for doing what's best for the viewer.'" Perez also points to the odd integration of Pizza Hut into the broadcast & the overall sentiment of pushback on the new format. (link); Ad Age's Crupi notes his prediction of Selection Show ratings being down will likely be further accentuated by Tiger Woods' run a the Valspar Championship on NBC yesterday. (link)
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Other MBB post-season events:
+ Here's your NIT bracket with tips starting tomorrow night, which includes 13 regular season conference winners who earned automatic bids. (link)
+ The CIT gets moving today with four games on CBS Sports Network. (link)
+ CBI organizers locked in 16 squads & by the looks of it four or five are below the .500 mark. (link)
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ECU Chancellor Staton says he may not have an Interim AD oversee the process of hiring a new MBB HC, instead he may use a special council to handle the process. Staton expects to announce the council this week & the same group may help Staton work through the process of identifying a new AD, as well. In addition to his buyout, outgoing AD Compher will also receive a $140K longevity bonus on April 30. (link, link)
Sounds like Cal State Northridge brass have named Assoc. AD for Administration Swartwood as Interim AD for the Matadors. No exact word yet on how the university will move forward with the hire of a new MBB HC after last week's developments saw the exit of former MBB HC Theus. (link)
Former UConn MBB HC Ollie is a member of the school's chapter of the American Association of University Professors, which, according to that organization's Executive Director Bailey, considers Ollie "suspended with pay, pending his right to a hearing." Bailey filed his formal request for Ollie's hearing on Saturday and by the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, it must happen by March 25. Bailey: "As far as I know right now, the NCAA has not finished their investigation, they have not determined facts. ...  I am not aware that [the internal review] produced any information that led to this decision." More Bailey: "Part of the [collective bargaining agreement] in this process, for due process, has got to show serious misconduct that led them to this decision. In the scope of things, what does the NCAA determine to be serious misconduct? There are different steps of violations, one, two or three, with three being the most serious. What we’re looking for the NCAA to determine whether the allegations that have been out there to be either a one, two or three." (link)
More Personnel: Lots of new bonus information for MBB HC given the NCAA Tournament selection yesterday. USA Today's Berkowitz continues his strong work. Berkowitz also notes bonuses for ADs, like $62K for North Carolina's Cunningham, $32K+ for Arizona State's Anderson, $35K for N.C. State's Yow, $15K for Ohio State's Smith & $7.5K for Cincinnati's Bohn. (link); Looks like Pepperdine AD Potts is set to bring Arizona AC Romar back to Malibu as the MBB HC. (link); Utah State AD Hartwell is the latest leader in the MBB HC hiring queue. (link); Outgoing Georgia MBB HC Fox says he told Bulldogs AD McGarity to choose a new leader who he could "have a great partnership with." Fox points all the way back to March of 2014 as the tipping point of when he believed his job was in danger. (link); Merrimack AD Gibson will start the process of hiring a new Men's Hockey HC. (link); UCF goes with Provost Whittaker as its next Prez. (link)
The power of voice as a product continues to grow with the likes of Amazon, Apple & Google all working hard in the space to gain market share. Amazon's Alexa iterates again, this time making it easier for follow-up commands and/or questions without having to repeat the standard "Hey, Alexa." From engadget: "When you switch on Alexa's Follow-up Mode, your Echo speaker will continue listening for a second command for a few seconds after you issue the first one -- no need to wake it up again." Many of you are messing around with Alexa skills, so here's another feature to consider. (link)
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USC's Race & Equity Center released it's latest study on graduation rates for black FB & MBB student-athletes at the 'Power 5' level, finds an overall increase of 2.5% since 2016, though 40% of schools took a step back. Kansas State (+18%), Louisville (+18%) & Vanderbilt (+17%) lead the pack of improvements with Georgia (-15%), LSU (-11%) & Ohio State (-11%) at the other end. Miami (FL), Georgia Tech & Arizona earn distinction for graduating said student-athletes at the same rate as all its student-athletes, while Louisville, Mississippi State & Utah did so on par with its university's entire under grad population. USC professor Harper notes the ascendance of Louisville, recommends the NCAA creates a commission on racial equity & welcomes dialogue with leadership throughout the space. More. (link); Here's the full report. (link)
As Idaho prepares to transition from FBS to FCS, Vandals AD Spear offered his thoughts: "I’ve always felt Idaho, once we’ve been in a league for awhile, we’ve been able to adjust, and find a way to compete. I look back at our history in FBS, and when we’ve had stability, we’ve been pretty good. We move into the Big West, they have football, we go to a bowl game right away, and then that league folds. And then we have this instability. And then we finally get in the WAC, and we finally build our way up, and we go to a bowl game and we win a bowl game. And then the WAC loses football. And we have all this instability again. And we finally find some stability in the Sun Belt, and we built ourselves back up, and we go to a bowl game. And then we’re asked to leave. The key for us, wherever we’re at, is stability." Spear also notes the Vandals have raised $35M of the necessary $45M for a new basketball arena, but that another $5M may make it possible to put shovels in the ground. Points to stability in staff and coaches, as well. A bit more. (link)
Brown University suspends its Men's Swimming & Diving team over hazing allegations from an October incident. The university's statement: "After a comprehensive investigation into allegations of hazing and the conclusion of the full student conduct review process, the Brown University men’s varsity swimming and diving team, in its capacity as a student organization, had been found responsible for multiple violations of Brown’s code of student conduct." The team is suspended until May 27 from all team activities, with a deferred suspension through Dec. 21, meaning the team can only practice, not compete during the fall semester. Probation will continue into the spring 2019 semester and Brown requires the team, coaches and staff to create an "organizational learning and development plan, and a strategic plan for rebuilding." (link)
Fanatics billionaire Rubin, already a minority owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Devils, joins the list of potential bidders for the Carolina Panthers. Forbes lists Rubin's net worth at $3B, which would likely make it a stretch to go in solo on the deal, but he has past ties to the Alibaba and SoftBank groups. Others with interest include a local ownership group involving businessman Sabates and several NASCAR drivers, Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner Tepper and Charleston's Navarro. (link)
Also Noticed: Who would win the NCAA MBB Tourney based on academic based on APR & GSR? Bucknell over Kentucky in the title matchup. (link, link); Looks like Evansville just completed a $100K+ renovation to its strength & conditioning space. (link); New Orleans canceled classes today after threats made to the campus. (link); The wheels are in motion to potentially bring beer to some Middle Tennessee athletic events. (link)
Georgetown faculty members Bernstein and Ringel detail for the Harvard Business Review how to "Plan a Better Meeting with Design Thinking." The idea behind "design thinking," a concept popularized by IDEO founder Kelly and Stanford's, is to put the "user" at the center of the experience. 1) Develop empathy for those affected by your meeting: a) who is going to be there and what do they need?; b) who won't be there but will be affected?; c) what broader culture and environment are you operating in and what are the major challenges and opportunities? 2) Set a frame for the meeting, including a reason for it and desired outcomes. 3) Creatively design the meeting, add something unexpected or fun to the agenda. 4) Test-drive your plan, share the agenda with meeting participants ahead of time and consider any responses they offer. (link)
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