• phil cantor/@osgphil

No, the Florida Senate Cannot Claim the NCAA Basketball Title for FSU



When I saw this headline, I thought it was a fake social media post or a joke until I realized it was occurring in the State of Florida. I'm almost embarrassed to say I grew up in the Florida and well, haven't lived there in a very long time.


Late Friday night a Florida State Senator pushed through his resolution proclaiming the Florida State Seminoles as the NCAA Champs for 2020 in light of the NCAA Tournament being postponed.


No, I'm not making it up....HERE'S THE RESOLUTION


Said resolution passed 37-2. Which to be honest, stuns me if for no other reason than I can't imagine there were not more Florida or Miami or UCF or South Florida alumni in the joke of a legislative body who did not speak up against it. Surely there aren't that many FSU grads in the Senate, are there?


The resolution proclaims the Seminoles, who had a very good season, going 26-5 and winning the ACC Regular Season title "Champions by Default" which unfortunately totally ignores the teams ranked ahead of them in the polls who may actually be better on the court.


Yes, I know this is a "Symbolic" issue that means very little---and the premise of Proclaiming yourself a champion is not new to the state (see UCF Football a couple years ago). But it does not make it right and quite honestly laughs in the face of, well, every single other team in the sport and the NCAA.


Could the Seminoles have won March Madness if it had been played? Yes. They likely would have been a Regional #1 seed and a favorite. But they would not have been the only #1 seed and the tournament has always had a way to even things out between bigger and less big schools unlike the gross disparity between the haves and have nots of College Football.



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