While some ACC personnel and fans aren’t totally on board with the conference’s proposal for an NCAA Tournament with all Division I teams, former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is.
The newly-minted head coach of Iona College took to Twitter on Wednesday to state his agreement with the idea. He pointed out that there is like to be a lot of chaos in the college basketball season due to the pandemic. As a result, he thinks it will be “fun for everyone” and “exciting for the fans” if there was a larger field.
“I agree with the idea of every team making the tournament,” Pitino wrote. “It’s going to be a year filled with outbreaks, irregular scheduling & postponements. Might be fun for everyone and the upsets will be exciting for the fans.”
Of course, Pitino is also likely to have a personal stake in the idea. The Iona Gaels play in the MAAC, which is rarely has an NCAA Tournament representative apart from its conference tournament champion.
I agree with the idea of every team making the tournament. It’s going to be a year filled with outbreaks, irregular scheduling & postponements. Might be fun for everyone and the upsets will be exciting for the fans.
— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) September 9, 2020
Regardless, Rick Pitino’s stance on the issue highlights that the mid-majors will be totally on board with the ACC proposal.
The Power Five, American and Big East conferences pretty much have a monopoly on the bulk of NCAA Tournament spots.
But a tournament similar to the U.S. Open Cup or FA Cup would give every single college in America a chance to enjoy a Cinderella run.
In a year like this one, why not let everyone have a real chance of rising to national prominence?
Do you agree with the stance Rick Pitino took?