It has been a week since the soulless NCAA scammed Akron out of the postseason.
Most Zips fans will agree Akron did not deserve an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. (Although, watching some of these games makes me think the Zips would fit in as an eight seed.)
The NIT snub is still infuriating, but not so much because Akron doesn't get to travel to Timbuktu to play a lousy high-major. It's more disturbing because it's a symptom of the path of college athletics. IT'S ALL ABOUT MONEY AND PRESTIGE.
Fans always talk about the purity of college athletics. The players don't get paid. They play with passion. Blah. Blah. Blah.
All that is true. Somewhere along the lines, money spoke louder. Somewhere, attendance, TV ratings and name recognition took the place of the traditional ways of judging teams (RPI, records, etc.).
Sure, the Zips didn't play last week. They won't play again until November. Although I hate to see two fine careers end in such a way, my larger concern is that this will happen again.
(As convoluted as the system has become, these tournament games are absolutely thrilling. It might be a good thing for our collective health that the Zips aren't driving up their blood pressure further.)