Maybe it's time for the NCAA to finally just let universities go out and hire the best players possible and not make them bother with all that tedious business of going to class and taking exams. It wouldn't be that big a change considering that, with the NBA-type schedules teams are allowed to play these days, it seems the NCAA considers the concept of the student-athlete to be as outdated as the wooden backboard.
I'd like to see the NCAA reduce the field for its tournament next season—back to, say, 16 teams—and I'd like to see athletic directors eliminate conference tournaments. Of course, it won't happen. Today, more than ever, college basketball is big business. If anything, the NCAAs will probably keep expanding until they're like a state high school tournament in which every team has a chance. From this Kentuckian's view, that would be like throwing the bourbon down the drain and drinking only the water.