As you might know by now, Vanderbilt was not selected as a regional host for the 2010 NCAA Baseball Championship. Connecticut, after an inferior season by any objective measure, was selected. Should I be outraged?I actually give the NCAA some measure of credit. They said that regional diversity would be a criterion, so it only makes sense to follow through.
Now, whether that should be a higher criterion than home team merit is obviously an open matter. In a vacuum I understand their motives, but it's not like there are a lot of neutral college baseball fans in King of Prussia, PA; Waltham, MA; or Albany, NY who are jumping for joy because now they can drive comfortably to see NCAA baseball. If those people don't exist in any appreciable number, why bother trying to [appease them] get them involved?
Silver lining: The last time UConn hosted the NCAAs, also in a minor-league park, it hosted an eventual national champion from the SEC.