BIG 12

June 13th, 2018 | by CollegeAD
BIG 12

As one of four teams stamped with the dreaded “First Four Out” label in the most recent edition of the NCAA Tournament, few programs had a bigger gripe with the field than Baylor. From afar, pundits clamoring for postseason expansion could point to the Bears’ conundrum to allow more quality teams in the existing 68-team field. If only it were that simple. In May, the Atlantic Coast Conference unveiled plans to propose a 72-team field, upping the ante by an additional four teams. So far, the ACC’s pitch hasn’t been met with much promise, outside of coaches, in other conferences. The Big 12 last month briefly discussed the proposal at its annual league meetings. While void of an official position, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he hadn’t heard a compelling case for expansion. Other Big 12 administrators were perplexed by the decision. West Virginia Athletic Director Shane Lyons questioned the rationale behind the proposal, and Iowa State Athletic Director Jamie Pollard, who admitted he hadn’t thought twice about it, felt the timing was odd. Just in the past year, conferences have dealt with basketball corruption, transfer reform and now are navigating sports gambling. – Sean Isabella, cnhinews – Read More

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