The Bracket Yard Daily, March 29, 2021: Elite Eight Set, NFL Season, Schnellenberger
Eight is clearly enough.
The 2021 NCAA Tournament is down to eight teams, and the NFL schedule is about to get its first overhaul in over 40 years. All that and more in the Monday Daily.
Top Sports Stories
|[CBB] March Madness Down to Elite Eight Teams|
Here are the teams that have qualified for the 2021 Elite Eight:
Where did this Pac-12 come from this March? Both Los Angeles Pac-12 teams have made it to the Elite Eight. Don’t tell me you saw this coming; nobody believes you.
Poor Oral Roberts was just inches away from sinking a game-winner at the buzzer that would have put them in the Elite Eight. They gave Arkansas a very, very tough game and they should be commended for their run.
We know for certain, and this game will be played tonight, that either a 12-seed or an American Athletic team is going to the Final Four this season.
Arkansas vs. Baylor looks like it could be one of the games of the season.
|[NFL] NFL Schedule Set to Expand to 17 Games This Season|
It’s been discussed for a few years now, but this appears to be the week that the NFL officially moves the league from a 16-game schedule to 17. The league has used a 16-game schedule since 1978, but no more. In order to accommodate this adjustment, the NFL will eliminate one preseason game to bring that total down to three. This also will most likely shift the postseason back a week, meaning the Super Bowl will now be in mid-February.
If that just sounds like too much, you are not alone in thinking that. For the record, this website opposes the 17-game schedule and the 14-team playoff that was used last season. Why must they always try to fix something that is not broken? The NFL was fine the way it was but here they go answering a question nobody asked.
|[CFB] In Memory of Coach Howard Schnellenberger|
We say farewell to Howard Schnellenberger, the builder of the Miami Hurricanes’ championship teams and a major player in the Louisville and Florida Atlantic programs. The great shame is that even though he was a national championship coach who built three programs, because of his relatively low career win percentage, he is not eligible to be in the College Football Hall of Fame. Even without that distinction, he is a hall-of-famer to many fans of those three schools. Schnellenberger won the 1983 national championship with Miami and won six bowl games during his tenure as a coach.
Games of the Day
[CBB] Elite Eight: Oregon State vs. Houston and Arkansas vs. Baylor. Settle in for some late finishes.
5 Good Sports Links
- [CHK] “Longest hockey game in NCAA Tournament history sends Minnesota Duluth to Frozen Four after 5OTs,” Yahoo Sports (Yahoo Sports Staff)
- [NFL] “Eagles struggling with Jalen Hurts decision amid NFL Draft drama,” New York Post (Mollie Walker)
- [WBB] “Are more upsets in store in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament?,” ESPN (Mechelle Voepel and Charlie Creme)
- [MLB] “Every team’s attendance plan for Opening Day,” CBS Sports (Katherine Acquavella)
- [NFL] “Are the 49ers Targeting Zach Wilson?,” FanNation (Grant Cohn)