Kentucky coach John Calipari will be part of a committee advising the NCAA on its seeding and selection process for the NCAA Tournament, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Monday.
The committee, co-chaired by former SEC commissioner Mike Slive, was formed to get input and advice from coaches on the tournament selection, seeding and bracketing process.
“We had a very good dialogue with the men’s basketball committee and NCAA staff during our meetings and especially on the topics of selection and seeding for the tournament,” NABC executive director Jim Haney said in a press release. “The men’s basketball championship is one of the greatest events in sports and we are hopeful that recommendations from our ad hoc group will help to enhance it even more.”
This is the third ad hoc committee the NABC has formed to help give perspective on NCAA men’s basketball issues. The previous two dealt with the NBA draft, and the NBA draft combine.
The ad hoc committee will meet multiple times this week and will present any feedback to the NCAA at its summer meeting.
The NCAA has taken some reforms to its seeding and bracketing process, trying to make sure teams are playing as close to home as possible while still giving top seeds an advantage. This is in an effort to ease travel costs and pains and allow student athletes to stay close to home for exams and schoolwork.
No system will be perfect. But it will be interesting to see how the coaches attack and address this issue.