Meet the Tournament Selection Committee
Mar 11, 2012
We will hear about the “tournament committee” 800,000 times in the next week as we get ready for another NCAA tournament. Some teams will be very pleased with the “committee”, while others will be very unhappy with the “committee”. You’ve likely been ticked off by the selections, or seedings, so I am here to tell you who to be mad at this year if your team doesn’t get its way.
NCAA tournament Committee 101
- The committee is made up of ten members.
- You can only serve 5 years on the committee.
- The committee is made up of Athletic Directors and Conference commissioners.
- To avoid conflicts of interests, ADs must leave the room when his/her team is being discussed.
Meet the 2012 Selection Committee:
- Jeff Hathaway- Committee Chair
Jeff is the former AD at UCONN and Current Big East consultant. He is a Maryland native and graduated from Maryland.
- Lynn Hickey
Lynn is only the second woman to ever serve on the committee. She is the AD at UT- San Antonio. She played college basketball at Ouachita Baptist and was on the US National team in 1973. She also coached at Kansas State
- Mike Bobinski
Mike is the AD at Xavier. He played baseball at Notre Dame and also has ties to Akron and Navy.
- Doug Fullerton
Doug Fullerton is the Commissioner of the Big Sky Conference. He was the former AD at Montana State. He is considered one of the more powerful commis’s at that level.
- Joe Castiglione
Joe is the AD at Oklahoma. He replaced former Big 12 Commissioner Dan Bebee on the committee.
- Ron Wellman
Ron is the long time AD at Wake Forest. He graduated from Bowling Green where he played baseball.
- Steve Orsini
Steve is the AD of SMU. For you UNC basketball fans, he hired Marr Doherty at SMU.
- Scott Barnes
Scott is the AD at Utah State. He’s worked mostly on the west coast with stops at University of Washington, San Diego and Pacific to name a few.
- Joe Alleva
Joe is the AD at LSU. He arrived in Baton Rouge after a 10 year tenure at Duke.
- Jamie Zaninovich
Jamie is the Commissioner of the West Coast Conference. He used to be the assistant AD at Stanford and also worked at Princeton. He graduated from Stanford.