Report: ACC coaches proposing 'all-inclusive' NCAA Tournament for college basketball
ACC coaches are proposing that all college basketball teams be eligible for the NCAA Tournament this season, according to multiple reports.
Last season, the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the United States. It also affected several conference tournaments at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. According to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports and Jeff Goodman of Stadium, ACC coaches voted unanimously for the NCAA to move forward with an all-inclusive tournament at the end of the year.
Source: All ACC programs agreed earlier today to have every single Division 1 team in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
Several are expected to release official statements later today.
This is being done to "celebrate" college basketball. https://t.co/wuCMZ8QLtE
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 9, 2020
BREAKING: The ACC coaches will propose an all-inclusive NCAA tournament, sources told @stadium. The coaches just finished the call and voted unanimously on this.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) September 9, 2020
This move is being proposed in an effort to “celebrate” college basketball after one of the country’s best sporting events was canceled last year. It would certainly be an interesting twist on “March Madness.”
Per Goodman, this proposal would mean that 346 Division I teams would be eligible for postseason play this year, in a division that includes 357 teams. There are seven teams that are reclassifying, three are ineligible due to APR and Oklahoma State is ineligible for the tournament this year.
It would certainly make the brackets look much different in 2021.