Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Buried in an ESPN piece in which the commissioner of the Mountain West opines that the four-team playoff will soon expand to eight is a tidbit about some kind of “academic component” to the formula that chooses the participants in the yearly playoff. MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson actually said he “believes” there will be some kind of reward/punishment system involving the academics of teams trying to get into the playoff, but obviously he didn’t elaborate any. Probably because it will be a greatly watered down “component,” but I just might be a cynic. It could, one supposes, be as simple as adding or subtracting rankings points based on a program’s ranking in the Academic Progress Reports, which is published yearly. That system scores teams out of 1000 possible points, and any team scoring below 900 faces possible sanctions from the NCAA. UConn basketball has already been penalized for having too low of an APR score. Adding this into the system that considers teams for postse...
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