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Calipari’s wacky idea might turn into SEC change

Players restrain John Calipari at South Carolina. (Vicky Graff Photo)

Players restrain John Calipari at South Carolina. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Apparently John Calipari has turned his wacky idea of  playing the Southeastern Conference Tournament in November into a more realistic possibility of getting something he has wanted for years — a tourney title game on Saturday instead of Sunday.

The thinking would be that way the NCAA Tournament selection committee would have time to weigh the tourney results more heavily in favor of the tourney champion.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey calls Calipari a “creative thinker” and says he would not totally rule out moving the tourney championship game to Saturday.

That would hopefully give the NCAA Tournament selection committee more time to weigh the impact of the championship game in its tourney seedings.

This is not a new idea. I can still remember coach Billy Donovan  making the same suggestion years ago when he was at Florida but then SEC boss Mike Slive wanted no part of that because of TV dollars and hotel revenue for the host city.

It’s hard to imagine a change being made in the 2017 format in Nashville. But just to have Sankey

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 and in a strange way even that is a win for Calipari’s wacky thinking.

 

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