Ivy League athletic directors rejected a plan to create two-round basketball tournaments that would determine who fills the league’s automatic spots in the national men’s and women’s postseason championships, the league said.
The playoff, proposed by the Ivy League coaches last month, would have matched the four highest regular-season finishers. Instead, the league will keep its current system, where the team with the best conference record is awarded the Ivy title and represents the league in the National Collegiate Athletic Association postseason tournament.
“After careful consideration of these proposals, the athletics directors decided that our current method of determining the Ivy League Champion and our automatic bid recipient to the NCAA Championship is the best model moving forward,” Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris said in a statement.
The officials discussed the plan at their annual meeting, which concluded today in Red Bank, New Jersey.
The Ivy League is the only conference in the top level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association that doesn’t have postseason basketball tournaments.
Harvard University won the Ivy men’s title last season and was eliminated in the NCAA tournament’s round of 64 by Vanderbilt University in the Crimson’s first appearance in the event since 1946. Princeton University won its third consecutive Ivy women’s title and lost in the opening round of the national event to Kansas State.
The Ivy League sponsors 33 varsity sports, with lacrosse, baseball and softball the only team competitions that have postseason tournaments to determine champions, Rodgers said.
The Ivy League is an association of eight elite, Northeast U.S. schools that have high academic standards and don’t provide athletic scholarships. They are Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Princeton in Princeton, New Jersey; Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; Columbia University in New York City; Cornell University in Ithaca, New York; Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire; the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; and Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
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