Ole Miss athletics director Pete Boone, tennis coach Billy Chadwick and associate AD Lynette Johnson spoke with NCAA officials regarding the tennis flap earlier this morning.
Nothing will change, and the No. 2-ranked unbeaten Rebels will travel to LSU and not host the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament May 8-9.
Boone did not expect change. The meeting was basically to express an opinion that the NCAA did not take care of the student-athletes in this situation.
The selection committee applied a new policy – a reorganization so to speak – that is aimed at reducing travel. Therefore, Rice will join Ole Miss and LSU in Baton Rouge and will not have to travel further to Oxford. Alcorn State is the other team in the regional.
“I’ve been on NCAA committees, and there’s always flexibility written into the policy to take care of a situation like this,” he said.
In the end, Boone and the NCAA agreed to disagree. The school and the SEC may introduce legislaiton to the NCAA’s championship cabinet to try and protect teams seeded as high as Ole Miss is right now.