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Letter to the editor: Watered-down state prep tourney a shame

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:01 am

What a disgrace! Once upon a time, say 25 years ago, the Indiana Boys Basketball Tournament was the “toast of the town,” if not the country. Seems about everyone, yes, everyone, followed the tourney.

The brackets were printed out on the back page of just about all of the newspapers in Indiana and local/state coverage was, well, even more than we now get with the NCAA.

Now what do we have? Just about nothing, nada, zip — maybe a few lines here and there, but coverage is almost non-existent. Why is that?

I’ll tell you why. The “powers that be” in the IHSAA, along with school administrators “decided” to scrap its “one for all” tourney in favor of “class tourneys” so, or so it was propagandized, the little schools would get a shot at being a champion.

Forget little Milan in ’54. Let’s have “class basketball” and let more kids get to jump and shout, “We’re No. 1! So now we have the watered-down tourney(s) with four state champions and little or no interest from the media at any level and ignored by the public unless “your kid” is involved. Kind of like the redistribution theme that’s going around, don’t you think? Sad, says I.

Rich Polk