The NCAA is considering expanding the NCAA tournament field from 65 to 96. Under this scenario, the 32 top teams would receive a first round bye. To this proposal I have only one word.
No, no, no, no. no. I'll leave the reasons why this is a terrible idea to other people. The "Sporting News" website has a couple of good opinion pieces (both of which mention Northwestern, by the way) about this (one endorses it, the other opposes it). I'll just leave you with one thought: suppose this system had been in place last year. Northwestern would have made the tournament. But what's so great about that, if 95 other teams also made it. When Northwestern finally makes the NCAA tournament, I for one want it to mean something.
Also, it would destroy the regular season and make it harder for Cinderella teams to emerge come tourney time. I'll be creating a site at some point where those who agree with me can make their voices heard. We've got to make this clear to the folks in power: if you expand the tournament, we won't watch.
Comment if you're with me. If enough people threaten to revolt, hopefully this won't happen.