Apr 11, 2012, 8:40 AM EST
For the first time in more than a decade, the NCAA tournament will have a new czar. And it’s not sitting well with various college basketball writers and coaches.
The NCAA announced Tuesday that Mark Lewis will be the new executive vice president for championships and alliances, replacing Greg Shaheen.
Shaheen was the man who negotiated the recent 14-year, $10.8 billion TV contract. He also helped devise the First Four format (avoiding an expansion to a 96-team tournament) and was a man who was accommodating to anyone involved in covering March Madness.
There’s still a possibility that Shaheen will have some sort of role with the NCAA in the future – he’ll soon meet with NCAA president Mark Emmert – which would be smart. Some of the game’s biggest coaches love Shaheen.
- “Working with Myles Brand, Greg furthered the cause of men’s college basketball as much as anyone in the last decade,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told CBSSports.com. “It’s a huge loss for our game.”
- “It’s hard for me to understand anything anymore except that everyone wants their own power,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo told The New York Times. “I don’t know if it’s the way it has to be. This guy has done a lot for college athletics.”
- “I can’t imagine anyone doing their job from a coach’s standpoint better than he’s done his,” Kansas coach Bill Self told The Times. “Greg Shaheen is one of the brightest guys that we have a chance to come in contact with.
There’s a good chance that Lewis, who comes to the NCAA from Jet Set Sports, a company than made beaucoup bucks off the Olympics, will thrive in his new role. But it’s clear he’ll have big shoes to fill.
You also can follow me on Twitter @MikeMillerNBC.
- Harvard wraps up third consecutive NCAA tournament berth (VIDEO) 0
- Weekend Preview: The regular season comes to a close 1
- For the first time in months, No. 22 Michigan State and Keith Appling look healthy 4
- Senior starters once again carry No. 15 Cincinnati 0
- Doug McDermott’s career still missing most important part: His One Shining Moment 0
- Bryce Cotton, Providence’s marathon man, looking to lead the Friars on a run to the NCAA tournament 0
- Bubble Banter: Colorado, Dayton the day’s biggest winners 1
- Undefeated regular season says all we need to know about No. 2 Wichita State (9)
- No. 7 Syracuse falls to Georgia Tech in a shocking home loss (9)
- Finally at full strength, Michigan State sleepwalks through loss to Illinois (6)
- Kentucky hits rock bottom, loses at South Carolina (6)
- College Basketball Talk’s latest Top 25 (6)