DESTIN, Fla. — John Calipari’s seemingly wacky idea to move the SEC tournament to November garnered the most attention this week at SEC meetings. It just has little to no chance of ever happening.
“I love creative thinkers, because it makes other people think,” SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said Friday, when asked what he thought when he heard Calipari’s idea. “He’s a creative thinker, in case we haven’t noticed that.”
But there is another change to the SEC tournament that Sankey isn’t ruling out, even for the upcoming season. And it has much more support, including from coaches.
The idea is to move the event up one day so that the championship falls on Saturday. South Carolina coach Frank Martin was among those in favor of the move, saying Wednesday it would give the NCAA selection committee more time to evaluate the SEC championship game, and even earlier rounds.
“The (selection) committee folks were able to watch that game, and have a night to sleep on it and say you know what, those guys are real good,” Martin said.
It’s not a new conversation, according to Sankey, who said it came up when Billy Donovan was at Florida. This time around there’s more of a push after the SEC only got three teams in the NCAA tournament.
Even if Sankey and the SEC office favored it – and they’re not saying either way – there are obstacles in the form of established contracts for television, hotels and the arena in Nashville, Tenn.
But he’s not saying it won’t happen.
“The net of that is not to put a timetable upon the idea that we’d answer yes or no,” Sankey said. “We’ve been asked to explore that in an informal way. We’ll do that. But right now we’re scheduled to play Wednesday through Sunday.”