I love it! Thanks UHSAA for finally doing this. Though no system will ever be
entirely perfect, this will do more to create a competitive balance...you can
count this coach as at least one excited for the difference this will make come
basketball playoff time!
Principals do not know more about sports. Id be willing to wager a ton of money
that not even half of the principal know what is good or bad for a program, or
even care. We all need to email Rob Cuff and the UHSAA and the board, to let
them know this needs to change. The biggest issues (transfers and state
tournament stuff) in athletics in Utah is letting the "board" make the
decisions. Let the coaches and athletic director make the decisions.
DeepBreath:Take a deep breath. Let's give this a try. I, like
many, are sick of the best two teams meeting in the semifinals or the two best
regions meeting in the first round, oh those wonderful joys that come with
formula seeding. As a wrestling guy, I would love to seed the state tournaments
vs. formula seeding though divisionals have helped a bit get the best wrestlers
away from each other so they don't meet in the semifinals. I'm sure
the first go-around won't be perfect and some tweaks will be needed but
formula seeding has left plenty to be desired for decades now.
Did I hear: "It's all about winning" from the UHSAA Director? Did
I hear the UHSAA operates on the notion Region Principals know what's best
for athletes and individual sports more than the head coaches do? Wow. The
Principals? Not the Athletic Directors or long time coaches? Interesting.
Want to guess how many Principals even talked to their coaches about this stuff?
With the almighty, and to be ever changing RPI model, it's all
about winning from here on out folks! That's what's best for student
athletes. You heard it on the video. Because if you don't win, you
don't get a higher seeding, which means you don't get BYE's in
the first round of tournaments (because that's the "end-all" with
the UHSAA), which means the 4 top teams, who are supposed to be the best and
shouldn't need more advantages, get even more of an advantage by resting
athletes while other teams risk injury and play an entire contest in front of a
top ranked teams coaching staff watching on scouting. Sorry kids, your
opportunity to experience the playoffs on college fields or at least nice venues
just got severely limited. Now go transfer so you can win, win, win.