A Bigger Bracket? NCAA Transformation Could Lead to Changes
College sports leaders are working to transform the top tier of NCAA athletics, from how Division I should be governed to what should be required of schools to compete at the highest level. Changing the NCAA could lead to changes in its crown jewel event: the Division I men’s college basketball tournament, the lucrative three-week, 68-team joyride that has become an American sports institution. What’s that mean? How about an expanded bracket? Or more play-in games — just don’t call them play-in games — and fewer opportunities for the small schools to upset the traditional powers? How does an NCAA Tournament with all 351 D-I schools sound?