First, the NCAA announced today that it’s making some changes to the way its tournament selection committee brackets the field of 68 teams. For the most part, the rules that have prevented conference rivals from meeting before the regional finals are going bye-bye. It will now be possible for conference mates to see each other earlier in the tournament, which in turn will give the committee more flexibility to create better first- and second-round matchups.
Second, the NCAA also announced today that the Division I Committee on Infractions is expanding from 10 to 24 members. Smaller panels will be formed from that “pool” of members which will allow the NCAA to review cases “more quickly and efficiently.” The move is also designed to give the panel “greater diversity in backgrounds and experiences.”
Considering that the NCAA often moves at a glacial pace, two big announcements on the same day is positively eye-popping.