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I'm sure a lot of people Iraq -- breaking out the brackets today March Madness officially.
Under way Louisville UConn Pitt and north -- Carolina those -- the number one seeds that were picked three teams in the big east is number one seeds -- said.
Quite a feat for that conference and all of although it was 65 teams competing off for the the right to go to the final four but some some college officials actually finding that cost to be the maddening part of March Madness and now I'm joined this morning to talk about that.
By Morgan Burke Purdue University athletic director and Daniel -- is what this is well on accounting professor at Transylvania.
University civilian consultant.
To the NCAA on these issues now -- I'll start with you because Purdue right is gonna go play northern Iowa.
But you guys -- have the game being played important to about a 2200 mile trip.
That's pretty costly -- and they -- left Indianapolis they could put in Minneapolis you know in Minneapolis would have been the case may be closer to Purdue.
Does it bother you have to travel across country.
Well it all it does it's a fine line you're trying to create a competitive bracket that.
We'll allow for -- great national championship and -- you want balance and in each of the brackets.
NCAA did institute a few years ago a pod concept that allows.
I you to play.
Close -- -- home and and yet -- different regional and -- I think when you're five seed as we were in this particular you're gonna find that you probably are gonna have traveled let's.
I think if you're atop -- one or two -- they're gonna put you in the east if you're an eastern team is that.
Dead here pretty much what goes into an admin as we said you've consulted with the NCAA on these and other issues mean they they didn't.
And I thought to Morgan's point they were gonna try to have teams play more in their region just difficult to do because of the numbers -- what's the story.
Well it's difficult to do because you don't want compromise the integrity of the selections themselves and congratulations from Morgan by the way -- -- -- -- again.
The NCAA about 7% of the total NCAA budget it goes championship travelman I guess Morgan that's the good news for the from institutions is that a large part of getting.
-- English to student athletes and the coaches to to the to their arena is is supported by the NCAA.
Nonetheless you know their limitations on travel size and and and that sort of thing I would.
-- then maybe the -- city NCAA is picking up on the tab here I would think the NCAA be trying to cut their costs now -- bit in this environment.
Well NCAA has and they are things they can do that if they compose.
Limitations on travels size -- squad size as I mentioned and also.
Air travel as opposed to ground transportation.
If if you're playing within a certain number of miles from home.
Then if you take ground transportation rather than than flights.
And what we've seen actually in the NCAA has been working on this and and fortunately.
For the fall semester championship travel.
And of course this semester is not over yet but for the fall semester they increase for fall 2008.
Over -- 2007.
Was less than 4%.
Right so NCAA's working on it and and I think it's been pretty good effective.
-- -- -- -- stuff Bob -- let me get your take on the -- that a little bit as as dense as said congratulations again on getting Purdue win.
So I think you said -- five seed right -- one of the things that struck me golf basketball this year as every time a team gets to be number one of the nation it seems like they get knocked off this.
These about a parity right I mean how do you think this yeah -- -- it is going to be set up and might we -- F a five or six or seven or somebody make the final four.
You -- and I think there is.
Tremendous parity in and you know it's it when you get into the -- -- -- The whole mental part of the game becomes very important because the kids know it's one -- so.
You begin to see people press a little harder and the 512 games always an interesting one because that a fair number of upsets over the years so I guarantee it -- -- an overlooked or -- I would this I was gonna send out my last question you that's got to be a lot of talk -- that -- were right about.
Because it's one thing to play -- 116 or 250 you don't see a lot of upsets on that the 512 minutes in the rough one for many years when he well I did you say your -- about it.
Well I think Matt.
Painters are courage there was a head coach -- -- Illinois he's very familiar with Missouri Valley Conference.
And I think our kids have learned.
On any given night law based -- -- -- cliche yeah of these -- you get into the dance you're -- -- -- -- -- got to come out with an intensity that.
That'll that'll allow you to be successful.
-- whole mid major thing was thrown out I think by and -- -- a major now they were mid Ager when they were Cinderella -- years ago Morgan and Dan thanks very much.
Appreciate both you -- Aniston and Morgan developed -- Purdue.
In the -- thanks all right let's thank you generally.
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