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ACC Coaches propose 2021 NCAA Tournament has all D-1 teams participate

What a way for coaches to get their NCAA Tournament win bonus: Just play the MEAC & SWAC in the first round!

Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Roy Williams exchange playful jabs prior to a game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski is advocating for an expansion of the NCAA Tournament like nothing we’ve seen before.

The legendary coach has apparently gotten the rest of the ACC behind him as well, with the league unanimously advocating for an NCAA Tournament in 2021 with all 348 eligible Division I teams instead of the usual 68.

Krzyzewski also issued a statement on the idea:

“In the Atlantic Coast Conference, we believe in the importance of celebrating our game,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “There is no better way to do that than involving every team in the most prestigious basketball tournament on the planet.

“This is not a regular season. It is clearly an irregular season that will require something different. Our sport needs to be agile and creative. Most importantly, an all-inclusive postseason tournament will allow a unique and unprecedented opportunity for every team and every student-athlete to compete for a national championship.”

Sounds like they want to turn turn March Madness into something closer to the FA Cup in England, where teams at every level of the game can compete for a chance to win a trophy. Sunday pub teams play in the same event as Manchester United and Chelsea (granted, Man U and the Blues have to play a lot less games to reach the Final). In a time where everything is on the table, it’s not the craziest idea.

But how are people going to be able to print out brackets?? Janice in accounting is straight-up going to run out of toner when the field is released by the selection committee.

This is very much in the preliminary stages, and with the NCAA not on-board as of now (remember, unlike FBS football they have plenty of say here) this is a long way from happening. It creates an interesting idea as to how to navigate the end of the season for teams that will play schedules of widely differing length and quality.

The concept is at least intriguing... but we are a long-long way from needing the 11 x 17 paper that always jams up the copier being needed to fill out the office pool.