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By LARRY VAUGHT
Danville attorney Patrick McClure, an avid Kentucky fan, sent me this reaction to the news that UK might be joined by North Carolina, UCLA and Ohio State in a new four-team classic starting in 2014. See what you think about his idea of a new classic.
“The idea of a UK, UCLA, North Carolina group sounds intriguing. I am not sure how Ohio State makes that cut. Indiana or Duke would seem to make more sense in that one, based on number of championships and other factors, which I guess would include Kansas too, but of course Kansas and Duke are already a part of the existing ‘classic’ that we do, so that would leave really ONLY Indiana as the choice.
“But of course, as always, I have a better idea (my last one apparently got some credence, since at BBM they highlighted only the championship banners …I still think we should drop them down so they stand out from the rest): Why can’t we fix the Indiana scheduling issues for both UK and UofL by going back to the Big 4 classic. Ohio State WOULD make sense in that lineup, with the Kentucky schools using Yum Center (if Louisville would allow it) or Freedom Hall, and Indiana and Ohio State getting to choose Market Square or the site of the Dayton NCAA regionals in their years. . Or they could just rotate through all four home courts, or put it permanently in Chicago or Atlanta, which I’m sure we would fill everytime.
“I think this year that would give you an afternoon of basketball with four top 20 teams, and the last two years it would have been four of the top six (preseason) teams in the country on one floor. You think ESPN and CBS might bid pretty heavy for those rights?”