Inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
Jan. 26, 2009
BOSTON, MA -- CollegeInsider.com is
pleased to announce the creation of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason
Tournament, which will begin inaugural play in March 2009. The
tournament will feature 16 teams not participating in the NCAA or
National Invitational Tournament. The field will be determined after the
official announcements of the two existing tournaments. Criteria for
selection will include, but are not limited to, win-loss record,
strength of schedule, strength of conference, and final ten games.
During the 2007-08 season 67 teams, that finished .500 or better, did
not participate in postseason play. Eleven of those 67 teams won 20 or
more games, with an additional 20 teams amassing at least 18 wins. The
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament will provide a second season
for 16 deserving college basketball programs.
The CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament is a single-elimination
tournament, consisting of four rounds, with the first three rounds being
played at on-campus sites, which will be determined by seeding. The
inaugural championship game will be played at an on-campus site to be
determined by seeding.
* The NCAA and the National Association of Basketball Coaches have been
consulted throughout and are fully aware of the parameters and
guidelines established by CollegeInsider.com.
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Participating teams must finish the regular season with a winning
record against division I opponents. Teams whose conferences have less
than fifty-percent (50%) of their teams participating in the NCAA and
NIT tournaments will be given higher priority for selection into the
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
A selection committee determines the field of participants. The panel
consists of current and former coaches, athletic directors and senior
· David Adelman (CollegeInsider.com)
· Brian Doyle (CollegeInsider.com)
· Matt Drake (CollegeInsider.com)
· Lefty Driesell (Former head coach, University of Maryland)
· Hugh Durham (Former head coach, University of Georgia)
· Joe Dwyer (CollegeInsider.com)
· Pat Flannery (Former head coach, Bucknell University)
· Lou Henson (Former head coach, University of Illinois)
· Jim Kerwin (Former head coach, Western Illinois University)
· Kyle Macy (Former
head coach, Morehead State University)
· Jim Phelan (Former head coach, Mount St. Mary’s)
· Nolan Richardson (Former head coach, University of Arkansas)
· Riley Wallace (Former head coach, University of Hawaii)
· Perry Watson (Former head coach, University of Detroit)
· Rich Zvosec (Former head coach, UMKC)
The following will serve in a business capacity, organizing and carrying
out all things related to the tournament, but will not participate in
the team selection process for the tournament.
· Gene Keady (Former head coach, Purdue University)
· Jason Belzer (President, Game, Inc.): Event Management.
· Chris Fuller (Former head coach, Morgan State University): Tournament
· Don Harnum (Director of Athletics, Rider University): Serving as a
consultant for business-related matters.
· Angela Lento (Co-Founder CollegeInsider.com): Director of Tournament
· Gary Stewart (Head men’s coach, UC Davis and member of the NABC board
of directors): Serving as a consultant for basketball related-matters.
· Dee Stokes (Head women’s coach, Winston Salem State and member of the
NABC): Serving as a consultant for basketball and business-related
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college coaches taking active participation in 1997.
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one school and coach over 1,300 career games. He has nineteen 20-win
seasons and is third in wins on the all-time Division I chart.
In April 2005 the Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award
was created to recognize the outstanding coaching career of Hugh Durham.
Durham built national programs at Florida State and at Georgia where he
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Notre Dame’s Mike Brey at the Final Four in San Antonio, in April 2008.
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