A newly bearded John Calipari is at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin today and told reporters he was in favor the ACC’s proposal to increase the NCAA Tournament field from 68 teams to 72 — with one big caveat. Per Brett McMurhpy, Cal said he would only support the expansion if the additional four spots went to mid-majors or lower-level schools, not Power 5 programs.
The ACC shared the proposal a few weeks ago at their spring meetings, pushing for an expansion of the First Four play-in games to include a second site out west to mirror the one in Dayton.
“The idea of having two First Fours, if you will, maybe geographic,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford told reporters in Florida, according to the Raleigh News & Observer. “That’s such a quick turnaround. You could have one maybe in Dayton and one in the western part of the states. But we will be proposing that [to the NCAA].”
I’m already not a huge fan of the First Four to begin with, but if this proposal does go through, I agree with Cal that it should only be limited to mid-majors. Otherwise, it’s just job security for the coaches of mediocre Power 5 programs who don’t deserve to be in the tournament in the first place.