As Kentucky fans, for years we’ve been skeptical of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee’s motives. More often than not, Kentucky ends up with a draw created to draw the most attention than the path they really deserve. The NCAA can invite as many media members to its mock selections as it wants, but there’s no denying that they want to create as many appealing matchups as possible to sell tickets and get ratings, even if it means screwing teams out of their proper seed. John Calipari has been a longtime critic of the Selection Committee for that, and today, Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin joined him, calling out the NCAA for their hypocrisy.
“I’m a firm believer that in the NCAA Tournament committee, everything is so financially driven that no matter what is said on that Sunday, they’re trying to sell tickets,” Cronin said. “So, you may get moved to seed lines if — and it may not be us — but teams can get moved around from a four to a five or an eight, nine out of that to a seven, ten to sell more tickets. Now, nobody will admit that because it’s all about the student-athlete supposedly. But it’s a business.”
Again, it’s not like Cronin is inventing the wheel here, but it’s still nice to see a major coach have the cajones to come out and say it. Even if it means he probably just screwed his team over.
– Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) March 1, 2017