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Calipari tabbed to examine NCAA Tournament selection

John Calipari was named to a panel of college basketball coaches that will examine selection, seeding and bracketing processes for the NCAA Tournament.
John Calipari was named to a panel of college basketball coaches that will examine selection, seeding and bracketing processes for the NCAA Tournament. mcornelison@herald-leader.com

Kentucky’s John Calipari and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins are among more than a dozen coaches and administrators who have been chosen to examine the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection system.

The National Association of Basketball Coaches announced the ad hoc committee Monday. It will work with the NCAA in the coming weeks to discuss selection, seeding and bracketing processes.

Previous NABC committees have worked with the NCAA to adjust rules for student-athletes declaring for the NBA Draft and to consider the demands placed on athletes’ time.

NABC executive director Jim Haney and former Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive will co-chair the committee.

Calipari and Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart both questioned the NCAA Tournament selection process in March after the Wildcats won the SEC Tournament and then were awarded a No. 4 seed.

In May, Barnhart was appointed to a five-year term on the NCAA Tournament selection committee, which is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field.

The committee on which Calipari will serve will meet multiple times in the coming weeks. Any resulting feedback will be presented to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee in advance of its summer meeting.

Kentucky Coach John Calipari addresses the Wildcats first NCAA Tournament game against Stony Brook after the bracket was revealed Sunday.

The other coaches will join Calipari and Huggins on the committee are Bill Coen, Northeastern; Mark Few, Gonzaga; Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Mark Gottfried, North Carolina State; Ron Hunter, Georgia State; James Jones, Yale; Jeff Jones, Old Dominion; Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s; John Thompson III, Georgetown; Mark Turgeon, Maryland; and Gary Waters, Cleveland State.

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