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Jay Bilas Wants More “Basketball People” On The NCAA Selection Committee

Jay Bilas was fired up Sunday over what he saw as undeserved NCAA Tournament berths for VCU and UAB, as well as snubs for the likes of Colorado. Yesterday, Bilas appeared on Pardon the Interruption, and while he was (unfortunately, for our purposes) calmer this time, he still has some clear opinions on what has to happen to prevent more faulty selections in the future.

Namely, Bilas wants “basketball people” – and he made clear that he didn’t “mean some nose-in-the-air snobbery that you had to have played or coached.” You do, however, “have to have studied the game” and “made it part of your life’s work.” Additionally, he’s heard people on the selection committee talk about how the 10 people on the committee all approach the selection process in different ways – he wants consistency in the process by which all committee members do the job.

Sounds logical. Host Tony Kornheiser, though, had one worry – the risk of “cronyism” in a committee loaded with “basketball people” who may have strong relationships with many of the “basketball people” whose fates they’re charged with deciding. He asked Bilas about that. Fair question. Bilas’ response: “Yeah, there are no cronies in the NCAA.” (You must watch the video below to truly appreciate just how thick he laid on the sarcasm.) Fair answer.

Really, to us, Bilas’ remarks sound like common sense. It’s like he said: “basketball people” on the selection committee have earned praise for their “invaluable” contributions in the past, so wouldn’t an entire committee full of them be especially “invaluable”? Video of the segment, via ESPN, below.

  • hoopsfan

    I completley agree with J. Bilas. Let me put something out there very clear. Gene Smith was the worst choice as committee chairman in my lifetime. During his interview after the tournament teams were chosen, he came accross as void of any basketball knowledge, arrogant and very over his head.
    He could not {and did not} articulate his opinions in a way that made sense, both descriptive and audible, that made any sense. POOR CHOICE FOR CHAIRMAN.

  • Homer Jones

    Completely disagree. Not only did UAB and VCU deserve to be in, so did Harvard and Missouri State and Wichita State and UTEP, rather than horrible teams like Villanova, Michigan State, USC, Michigan, Illinois and Tennessee, six teams with a combined 75 losses. When was the last time a seventh or eighth-place team from the BCS added much to the tournament. If any of those level teams ever went on the road to play a good mid-major, they would get wiped out. Yes, the committee needs more basketball people, people who understand what a joke and a shill for the BCS the committee is now

  • Chrisrbudd

    This is the nature of the beast. If antalysts were on the board we would see the same teams every year, since everyone of those people have their favorites.

  • louis

    Fans Want Less “j bilas” On The Sports Analyst Selection Committee

  • Bring it, don’t sing it.

    Jay Bilas is “laughable” with his quote concerning VCU-the bottom line is that Jay Bilas is for Jay Bilas. He’s perhaps th biggest self-promoter this time of year that exists.

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