The NCAA people like to pretend that college athletics is more about the student than the athlete and, of course, they are not fooling anyone. The NCAA Tournament is the perfect example.
They make teams like Clemson and North Carolina-Ashville fly to Dayton, play a game, fly through the night to their next site and play a game the next day. Not surprisingly, both teams faded in their second halves today.
The next time someone tells you that a reason not to have a football playoff is because students would miss class, you have my permission to point to the NCAA Tournament as a counter-argument.
One of the callers to my radio show Thursday made a great point — why not have the play-in games (and please don’t refer to them as first-round games or First Four games) at the sites where they are playing into the bracket. It’s a great idea but there might be logistical issues. At any rate, it’s only going to get worse because they are not through expanding this tournament.
And taking advantage of student-athletes.