Feinstein vs. the NCAA
But Feinstein is a lot more famous than me, and a lot more effective at his job. So when he attended the state-of-the-NCAA press conference on Thursday, he had at Senior VP of basketball and business strategies Greg Shaheen, chiefly over the subject of missed class time.
Now, of all the reasons to complain about expansion, I'd argue that missed class time is about the flimsiest. We -- the sporting public, and the sportswriters who make our living by writing about sports -- don't offer a whisper of complaint about the classes hoopers miss during the regular season or the current tourney. The kids who make it all the way to the Final Four in the existing setup aren't exactly lighting the library on fire during the month of March. If you ever worked at a college newspaper, you know that it isn't just athletes who vanish from classrooms for long periods of time due to extracurricular opportunities. And I could go on and on with being tendentious about this, but I'll just quote the Feinstein vs. Shaheen dialog, because it's awesome, and because Feinstein won the verbal battle pretty handily. (Here's his triumphant post-victory column.)
The issue is over the second week of the tournament, which basically would be filled with basketball activity for any team advancing past the round of 64. The NCAA was attempting, clumsily, to argue that many of those teams would go to more school in the first week than they do now. Feinstein was attempting to point out that the entire second week would be void of class-time.
Q: Basically they'll be out of school an entire week the second week?
Shaheen: Actually, if you were to look at the window for each individual team, you have to take each team and contemplate the fact right now you have half the field leaving campus on Tuesday, returning on Sunday or Monday.
Q: If they lose. I'm talking about the teams that win in advance. You're going to advance 16 teams.
Shaheen: No, actually in the current model you have teams that depart on Tuesday, and even if they win, return on Sunday.
Q: We're misunderstanding each other. Under the new model that you laid out, you play 64 teams Thursday/Friday. 32 advance to games Saturday/Sunday. Then you are down after those games to 32 teams.
Q: You're saying you play games in the round of 32 Tuesday/Wednesday. They would then advance to regionals when?
Shaheen: They would continue into the regional as it's normally scheduled now.
Q: So they would go Tuesday to Thursday, Wednesday to Friday?
Q: So they miss an entire week of school. That's what I'm trying to get.
Shaheen: If you listened to my original answer, they leave now on Tuesday.
Q: I'm talking about the second week, not the first week. They play a game Saturday/Sunday, play a game Tuesday or Wednesday, then go directly to the regional. Tell me when in that second week they're going to be in class.
Shaheen: The entire first week, the majority of the teams would be in class.
Q: You're just not going to answer the question about the second week. You're going to keep referring back to the first week, right? They're going to miss the entire second week under this model.
Shaheen: So they're going to go to school the first week, and then they're --
Q: They're going to be under the same schedule you said basically the first week, and then they'll miss the entire second week.
Shaheen: I'm clearly missing the nuance of your point.
Q: You and I miss nuances a lot. Thank you.
BOB WILLIAMS: Next question, please.
Just wait until these two have at it on the subject of additional bids for the Big 10.
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