Happy Tuesday, 'Nova Nation! Some breaking news yesterday, wherein the NCAA is now looking to give more NCAA Tournament Committee seats to the Power 5 schools. As you know or have likely surmised, that commitee is the group that determines the bracket and seeding. There was an outcry this year when several low-major and mid-major schools were left out in favor of Power 5 schools with questionable resumes, and so giving the Power 5 more decision-making authority is naturally causing the mid-major institutions some angst.
There's some stuff in there about revenue-distribution as it relates to academic success, and I can see the argument that it helps the Power 5 too, but I don't think that's a concern for Villanova, who has a strong history of academic success with its athletic programs.
Related: The second article is about coaches - it should be said coaches from the top twelve conferences - are trying to make changes to the selection process. Their leader? John Calipari, who has been very outspoken in his dissent towards the committee in recent years. The Big East will be represented by JT3, for reasons that are unclear.
And now, the "news."
NCAA surveying members about basketball tourney selectors, payouts | USA TODAY
Concern grows over a potential power and money grab by the Power Five.
NABC to study NCAA tournament selection, seeding process | USA TODAY
The group will give feedback to the Division I men's basketball committee. With John Calipari on it, nobody else will likely have a say.
Offseason Outlook Q&A: Jay Wright | City of Basketball Love
Some really insightful comments from Jay Wright, especially when it comes to the new players coming into the team next season.
Four-star point guard Jahvon Quinerly talks about his visit plans | Scout ($)
Point guard Jahvon Quinerly showed off his impressive talent at the Nike Elite 100, and he'll be back on Villanova's campus with his Hudson Catholic team for Villanova's Team Camp next week.
Villanova Astrophysicist Awarded Two Grants | Media Room
Andrej Prsa, PhD, associate professor, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, in Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study these types of stars. The grants, totaling $470,000, will enable Dr. Prsa and his research group to refine and develop models for studying these unique stars.
Complete, $110+ Million Renovation Announced For Welsh-Ryan Arena | NUSports.com
Northwestern is finally upgrading their high school gym. Here we wait, eagerly awaiting Villanova's complete plan.
Ohio State transfer Austin Grandstaff commits to DePaul | Big East Coast Bias
The former Buckeye is DePaul-bound, after a pit stop at Oklahoma. DePaul is taking a risk, but Grandstaff was a blue-chip recruit.
2017 PG Justin Roberts commits to DePaul | Big East Coast Bias
DePaul’s busy day continues.
Stephen Curry is inspiring the future of basketball. How can that be a bad thing? | SBNation.com
The Warriors' MVP is inspiring a generation of young basketball players to imitate him. Contrary to some curmudgeons, that's (mostly) a great thing.
Texas high school football can't stop spending money on itself | SBNation.com
High schools in Texas keep spending more and more money on football, and it doesn't seem like it's stopping anytime soon. A $500,000 video board illustrates the increasing absurdity of Texas high school football.