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Anchor Drop, October 20, 2022: The Stupidest Idea in College Sports

No, the NCAA Tournament doesn’t need to expand.

NCAA Womens Basketball: SEC Media Day Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

SEC Basketball Media Days have been over the last couple of days, and the only news I heard out of them was SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey endorsing participation trophies for every SEC school.

This is a lot of words to say that Greg Sankey thinks more people would watch the tournament if we just made sure South Carolina and Texas A&M made it every year. Meanwhile, here’s Missourah (spits) coach Dennis Gates endorsing being rewarded for mediocrity.

Okay, so this for some reason is the narrative the SEC wants to push, and like everything Greg Sankey does, it’s about money. More NCAA Tournament teams means more SEC teams making the NCAA Tournament, which means more money. You know, because we don’t have enough already. Really, Rutgers was an NCAA Tournament team last season. Rutgers, a team with 13 losses, seven of them to DePaul, Lafayette, UMass, Penn State, Minnesota, Maryland, and Northwestern. If the NCAA Tournament is already big enough to include that team, expansion will just make this the Potato Bowl of postseason tournaments.

Also, I’m really worried about Jerry Stackhouse that it took him this long to answer the question.

Anyway, Vanderbilt has also renamed the Black and Gold Fall Series to the David Williams Fall Classic. (Seriously? “Black and Goldfather” was right there.) And, soccer is at Florida tonight with kickoff (kickoff?) at 5:00 PM CT on the SEC Network+.

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 2:00 PM: PGA Tour: CJ Cup, First Round (Golf Channel)
  • 6:30 PM: College football: Virginia at Atlanta (ESPN)
  • 6:30 PM: College football: Troy at South Alabama (ESPNU)
  • 6:30 PM: NBA: Bucks at 76ers (TNT)
  • 6:37 PM: ALCS Game 2: Yankees at Astros (TBS)
  • 7:15 PM: NFL: Saints at Cardinals (Prime Video)
  • 9:00 PM: NBA: Clippers at Lakers (TNT)


MLB: Padres 8, Phillies 5 (series tied, 1-1) ... Astros 4, Yankees 2 (Astros lead, 1-0.)

NBA: Pistons 113, Magic 109 ... Wizards 114, Pacers 107 ... Hawks 117, Rockets 107 ... Pelicans 130, Nets 108 ... Bulls 116, Heat 108 ... Raptors 108, Cavaliers 105 ... Grizzlies 115, Knicks 112 ... Timberwolves 115, Thunder 108 ... Hornets 129, Spurs 102 ... Jazz 123, Nuggets 102 ... Suns 107, Mavericks 105 ... Trail Blazers 115, Kings 108.

NHL: Panthers 4, Flyers 3 ... Jets 4, Avalanche 3 ... Blues 4, Kraken 3.