Sick rumor or “done deal?” (CMForums)
An ESPN source said, “It’s a done deal with the expansion of the tournament. Depending on how soon a (TV) deal is done, the added teams could start next year. The NCAA confirmed that bidders would be interested in 96 teams, so they’re going with it.”
Another ESPN source confirmed to me that the network was in the formative stages of pondering a bid for the expanded tournament.
John Ourand and Michael Smith of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL reported this morning that if the NCAA opts out of its current broadcast rights deal with CBS, the governing body will consider, “expanding from a 65-team tournament to either 68 or 96 teams.”
NCAAB regular season ratings are already in the tank, this would add to the irrelevance. And now fans will become exhausted by 6 weeks of March Madness. Why ruin a good thing? I wonder if Vegas had a hand in this. This is Nirvana for a degenerate gambler.
NCAA in negotiation to expand tournament to 96 teams (RTC)
- Bears DT Dustin Dvoracek arrested (Chicago Breaking Sports)
Defensive tackle Dusty Dvoracek was arrested early Saturday in Norman after an altercation at a bar on Campus Corner. The altercation occurred at Seven47, and he was charged with public intoxication, assault and battery, and interfering with an official process
- Jose Offerman punches umpire in Dominican Winter League Game (Canadian Press)
Former major league all-star Jose Offerman threw a punch at an umpire during an argument in a Dominican winter league game Saturday night, the second time in 2½ years that he’s attacked someone on a baseball field.
Offerman, manager of the Licey Tigers, appeared to hit first base umpire Daniel Rayburn in the face or neck with his fist during a heated discussion in a game against the Cibao Giants. Rayburn fell to the ground.
Various Duke media outlets have reported Cutcliffe will remain in Durham, conflicting with earlier reports.
David Cutcliffe will remain the head coach of the Duke Blue Devil football program a source confirmed to TDD early Friday morning – effectively ending a 48 hour courtship with the University of Tennessee that had many analysts believing the third year coach would depart.
Information we extracted yesterday all but confirmed his departure to UT. The Knoxville News Sentinel ran an article that stated Cutcliffe was in the process of putting together a staff for his return to Tenenssee.
The new coach at Tennessee is former La Tech head coach Derek Dooley. I’m speechless.
The AJC and many Tennessee media outlets are all but confirming the current Duke head coach David Cutcliffe is to be the next head coach at the Tennessee. For now, timing is the most important factor to consider, National Signing Day is just a few weeks away.
Vol fans are having trepidations about hiring the former long-time Tennessee assistant. Not sure why, he did a fine job as purveyor to the Tennessee offense to prominence in the mid-90s, and his brief stint at Duke has been anything short of remarkable.