ACC Coaches to Propose All-Inclusive 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament, Featuring Every Division I Team

By Kevin Harrish on September 9, 2020 at 10:56 am
March Madness.
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Last season, nobody got to play in the NCAA Tournament. This season, there's a chance that everybody does.

The ACC coaches plan to propose an all-inclusive 2021 NCAA Tournament featuring every single Division I team, as reported by both Jeff Goodman and Jon Rothstein.

The idea to include every team in the tournament is spearheaded by Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski but the vote was unanimous among all the ACC head coaches, Goodman reports.

"This is a unique time and it's time to do something different," Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim told Goodman.

The proposal's goal is to "celebrate" college basketball, and the ACC has already had discussions with Dan Gavitt and the NCAA about the possibility of an all-inclusive NCAA Tournament, according to Rothstein.

Last season's NCAA Tournament was canceled in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak after a multitude of conferences also called off their conference tournaments.

The start of the new NCAA basketball season has not yet been finalized, but the NCAA Oversight Committee will reportedly recommend Nov. 25 as start date for men's and women's basketball and the Division I Council is expected to vote for approval on Sept. 16.

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