You Can Stop Pretending, Kansas

May 3, 2013 at 3:19p    by Ramzy Nasrallah    

The spectacle known for its awkward scripted coach-worship and a festival of absurd missed dunks for schools with disappointing football programs as the first practice of the basketball season is now two weeks earlier:

The NCAA announced Friday afternoon that a proposal for men's teams to start practicing six weeks before their first regular-season games has been approved and will take effect this fall. The proposal was finalized at the end of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors meeting Thursday.

In the past, men's basketball teams were allotted 30 days of practice in the four weeks before their first games. Spreading 30 days of practice over an expanded time frame of 42 days allows for more flexibility in preseason practice schedules, and it also allows for teams' first practices to be on a Friday, meaning that Midnight Madness season tip-off events can take place on weekends.

The NCAA also eliminated the requirement that teams' first practice begins no earlier than 5 p.m. This opens up the possibility of events actually occurring -- as their names would indicate -- at midnight, as they have in the past on the first day of the season.

Note that this doesn't affect Ohio State's Midnight Madness festivities. There's important football still being played, son.



Earle's picture

That gust of wind we all just felt was Charlie Weis sighing in relief.

A true craftsman definitely never blames his tools.

Earle's picture

I just assumed that was the reason for the prevailing winds.

A true craftsman definitely never blames his tools.

dr green's picture

No, the prevailing winds are caused by the sucking from Ann Arbor.

Hovenaut's picture

Smells like hot dog water.....and Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

I don't advocare in the world...

FitzBuck's picture

And ribs.  Brontosaurus ribs......and ky jelly.....and rubber.  
Man AA smells strange.  

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

bigbadbuck's picture

or belching after eating Hokes doughnuts

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Hovenaut's picture


Mr. Jim Delany

Re: The above


Kindly cross Kansas off your list now.


Football fans

I don't advocare in the world...

LadyBuck's picture

Is there even a real question to why we don't have midnight madness here? Tip, it starts with an F and ends with ootball. I love basketball, but even I know that as a fact.

rdubs's picture

The coach worship in Lawrence is not scripted.  That dude could pull a Craig James and get a medal of honor.

faux_maestro's picture

Are you referring to the rumor that CRAIG JAMES KILLED 5 HOOKERS?

Fong isn’t necessarily a person. Fong is more of an ideal, it’s a belief, and it’s a way to live. Something you can hang your hat on and say “yea I know fong…and he knows me” Fong is… to some degree in all of us.

BoFuquel's picture

We are football fans in a basketball Konferentz.This is an excellent move by The NCAA.GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Blah blah blah blah.  Football is important here.  Kansas football sucks, so they can have fun with this as much as they want.

Class of 2010.