Mike Sorensen: College basketball could use some changes

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  • WeeWillie Ephraim, 00
    Feb. 11, 2013 6:03 p.m.

    I agree that tv timeouts are an issue. It is a completely different game when teams only have the team timeouts, thus big-time programs that are on tv all the time have an advantage.
    However, the answer is not to compare it to soccer. If we make basketball like soccer the players will be faking injuries to get a rest. I think one analogy to soccer that could be made is sideline advertising in the arenas. Soccer still pulls in millions of dollars in advertising without having ANY commercial time-outs. Unfortunately, it is what it is and it's not going to change just to preserve the integrity of the game.
    30-second clock...rubbish! Why not outlaw zone defenses, too?
    If we're serious about improving the game let's use replay better (could it be worse now?) The refs often don't use it for, say, determining a flop/charge/block call (even when two refs disagree).
    As for the fouls late in a game,why not just give the offense the choice of free throws or a sideout with a fresh shot clock. That would eliminate hack-a-shaq type defenses.

  • Obama10 SYRACUSE, UT
    Feb. 11, 2013 4:56 p.m.

    The WCC is a step down for BYU, yet BYU is still struggling to dominate and won't make the NCAA tournament this year. Remember the conversation when the WCC was first announced and how many conference titles they would win? Still waiting for the first. BYU sports (the ones that matter, football and basketball) have been slowly eroding since independence. I supported independance because it was better than staying in the MWC for football, under the circumstances. But the MWC would have been better for all the other sports if the MWC would have let them stay. And, too many timeouts. :-)

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Feb. 11, 2013 4:03 p.m.

    The WCC is a step down in basketball for BYU from the MWC, but I don't see how any of Sorenson's proposals would improve the competition in the WCC and would increase the stadium-size of the WCC teams. I don't mind highly-physical games or the 35 second shot clock. foul shots are not exciting so if the referees altered their foul calling the initial adjustment period to rid the physicality out of the players' systems sure wouldn't be exciting because they would be big foul shot fests. BYU and Utah's support problems are a result of the Jazz being on the market. I'm not sure the market is big enough for all 3 of the Jazz, BYU, and the U to normally sell out their stadiums. Not to mention that the college basketball season is more post-season driven with those post-season games being played on neutral courts so there are far fewer epic regular season matchups and epic in-stadium matchups that build fan attachment/loyalty. agree about the timeouts. jump ball rule is unfair for shorter players who tie up a bigger player.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 10, 2013 9:28 p.m.

    Some well thought out, solid ideas here, Mike.

    Reduce time outs: sorry Mike, as much as I agree with you, ain't gonna happen. College sports on TV-it's all about money. Er, I mean MONEY!!!

    Reduce the physical play: great idea. The best idea of the article. Video tape five minutes of a college game and show it without sound to an audience who aren't interested in either team, and they would be aghast at how rough the play is with no fouls called. As you wrote, a tap on the wrist is called, a mugging is ignored. Also, when was the last time anyone saw a ref call a foul on a defender forcing the ball handler out of bounds? Doesn't happen-the official would more likely call out bounds. Games aren't in the 50's because of great defense-it's because of the "no autopsy-no foul" mentality of the refs.

    Finally, worst idea in the article: 30 second clock. No way. The game is bad enough now. Making it more like the pro game would be a disaster. 30 sec. clock would mean ZERO upsets, especially in the NCAAS.