Dave Gavitt apologizes for NCAA telling South Carolina it was in tourney

This is a statement from NCAA vice president of men’s basketball championships Dan Gavitt, regarding a report that the University of South Carolina men’s basketball team being invited to the NCAA tournament.

“Unfortunately, during the selection show a junior men’s basketball staff member mistakenly sent a text to a member of the University of South Carolina athletics department staff via an app we used for the first time during the 2016 tournament. The text was supposed to go to all teams, congratulating them for making the tournament. Regrettably, a text meant for another institution went to South Carolina instead.

“While the Gamecocks were given serious consideration, at no time during the selection process was South Carolina voted in to the field. Ultimately, they were one of the last four teams left out of the tournament. I take full responsibility for this clerical error and apologize to Coach Martin, his staff and team, and the entire University of South Carolina community.”






  1. The reasoning is entirely plausible but being from 1) the NCAA and 2) the NCAA Selection Committee I think I’ll hold my nose when reading this little story.

  2. What else should we expect from the Jokers at the NCAA?
    Notice he said that he took full responsibility for the error.
    However, he made sure to mention that a “junior staff member” sent the text.

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