College basketball leaders are thinking about what the future of the game will look like

With over 1,700 players in the NCAA transfer portal, as well as countless names, image, and likeness contracts endorsed, and conferences (including the Southeastern Conference) adding or losing programs, college basketball is giving new meaning to the term “transitional game.” .

What will college basketball look like in the future?

Here is a selection of notes collected this spring.

always recruiting

ESPN Analyst Jay Bellas They expressed conflicting feelings about the misgivings coaches might have about the future of college sports.

“The coaches are complaining because their jobs have become more difficult,” he said. “Part of me is, like, I get it. But the other part of me is, ‘I’m sorry.’ You make a lot of money.”

The recruitment calendar can be more stifling.

It looks like coaches will recruit high school players, then seek to sell their college players when staying while also striving to attract college transfers.

“So, coaches now have to deal with players who want to leave for any reason,” Bellas said. “And you hear, well, players don’t want to deal with adversity anymore. Really?”

Of the fluidity of the rosters, Bellas said, “Nothing will happen until the players are signed contracts. And that is coming.”

Paid to play

Sports Illustrated published a story in it Mike Arescocommissioner of the American Athletic Conference, hopes for the future.

“I’m not a prophet, but I believe that professionalism in college sports is there to stay at a certain level,” he said. “And I don’t know what the point is. I don’t know why we call it NIL anymore. Playing is a wage. It’s a pay to recruit. It’s a pay to keep.”

“We’ve always realized that if you don’t have a strict amateur model, it can easily be abused. We haven’t made enough incremental and incremental changes. And now we’re in the brew.”

Craig Thompsonthe commissioner of the Mountain West Conference, echoed that sentiment.

“We have completely corrupted the paradigm that has governed us for decades,” Thompson said. “Boosters can’t give a ride to a man in the rain. Now, we’re not moving him—we’re giving him the car.”

Jay Bellas He said that NIL not seeing a move towards a pay-per-play system was a “dream out of reach”.

“The reality has begun,” Bellas said. “This is a multibillion dollar entertainment industry, and players will not be left out of it anymore.”

‘Massive shock waves’

Brigham Young, Central Florida, Cincinnati and Houston, posted joining the Big 12 Conference in 2023 “sends massive shock waves across the college basketball scene,” The Field of 68 reports.

The Big 12 is already ranked #1 in Ken PomeroyConference rankings in seven of the past ten years.

From 2016 to 2022, the Big 12 had multiple National Championship winning teams (Baylor in 2021, Kansas in 2022) as the SEC advanced to the fourth final (South Carolina in 2017, Auburn in 2019). In the same time period, the Big Five qualified for the Final Four: also Oklahoma in 2016, Kansas in 2018, and Texas Tech in 2019.

In promoting Big 12, The Field of 68 invited the BYU coach (and former Kentucky player) Mark Pope A “rising star” and an “offensive mastermind”.

good idea

Jay Bellas He called for reducing the number of Division I programs from 354 to 120.

“There is no way that 354 teams would compete with each other,” he said. “They are not competitive in resources. You name it. They are not competitive in any way.

“And just because St. Peter beat Kentucky doesn’t mean they are Kentucky competitors, because they are two different things.”

Fewer Division I programs will focus talent and make basketball more competitive, Bellas said, before adding, “Now, a number of places won’t like them because that would take them away from their dream of becoming the next Gonzaga. But to me, that just doesn’t make sense.” for the project.”

‘bad idea’

In late April, a columnist John Feinstein The Washington Post wrote in opposition to reducing the number of programs for the first section.

“The most important thing for anyone running men’s college basketball for the next 10 years is getting the Power Five Schools to realize that being separated from the rest of Division One is a bad idea. …,” he wrote. “The power schools don’t create March Madness or any kind of magic in the month most relevant to sports. St. Peter does. Oral Roberts does. Butler, VCU and George Mason do.”

Peter and his amazing run this season, and you have, for the most part, a yawn-filled NCAA Championship that was only fun for fans of the Final Four teams.

UK odds go on

Kentucky’s odds of winning the 2023 NCAA Championship have increased slightly, according to gambling site

In updated odds published Monday, Kentucky State was the third pick 12-1 along with North Carolina to win the championship. In the April 25 update, Kentucky favored 8-1. UK odds were 11-1 on April 5th.

The new candidate is Gonzaga, who is 8-1. Houston is the second choice at 10-1.

From Adam BurnsDirector of SportsBook: “We initially saw quite a bit of money in Kentucky. However, with the transfers, it is more difficult to determine the initial odds than in the past. Also, in the case of Gonzaga, Drew Tim Back things really changed. We had 22-1, down to 18-1, to 16-1, and now they are the favourites.”

Among the SEC teams, Arkansas has the second best odds, at 16-1. Longer picks include Alabama (40-1), Tennessee (40-1), Florida (50-1) and Auburn (55-1).

Louisville’s odds were shortened from 125-1 on April 5 to 80-1.

fashion case

From The Field of 68 website:

Question: If there was one thing you could change about the current structure of college collars, what would it be?

An answer from Murray State coach past and present Steve Brohm: “This is a tough question. I think college basketball is the best sport in the world. It has provided my family with so many blessings over the years. I would say I hope we keep the casual wear for years to come!”

pass the ball

The term “passing ball” will gain new meaning on the Major League Baseball field at the start of the upcoming college basketball season. On November 11, a double header featuring the men’s and women’s teams will be played at American Family Field, home of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Wisconsin will play Stanford in the men’s game. Wisconsin will play Kansas State in the women’s game.

American Family Field has a retractable roof. The floor will be laid on the playing field with the center court on the hill.

These wouldn’t be the first college basketball games to be played at a Major League Baseball location. In December 2015, San Diego played San Diego State at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.

Pratt remembered

Bellarmine trainer Scott Davenport He wrote his reaction to the death Mike Pratta leading figure in the role of a Kentucky player and later as a color commentator on the UK Games radio broadcast for 21 seasons.

“A terrible loss!” Davenport sent a text message. “Custom class!!!”

Davenport said that when he was a seventh grader, he attended a basketball camp run by Pratt and his former teammate in the UK. Dan Isl.

“I am forever grateful and appreciative!!!” Davenport Books.

Noticeable diversion

In case you miss it yourself, Michael Savarino She transferred from Duke to New York University. Grandfather retired coach Duke Mike Krzyzewski.

belated happy birthday

to me Jamil Martinez. He turned 51 on Tuesday.

happy birthday

to me Tim Stephens. He turned 64 on Thursday. … to me Emmanuel Quikli. He turned 23 on Friday. … to me Joe Crawford. He turned 36 on Friday. … to me Dale Harris, who will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame later this year. He turned 85 on Saturday. … to me Derek Willis. He turns 27 on Tuesday. … to me Ravi Moss. He turns 38 on Tuesday. …for a former Western Kentucky and Georgia coach Dennis Felton. He turns 59 on Tuesday.