UPDATE: Dan Gavitt, the NCAA's Senior Vice President of Basketball, released a statement regarding the proposal and tempering the expectations of fans who were ready for a massive tournament come the spring.
ORIGINAL: The coronavirus-induced absence of March Madness in 2020 left a huge void in the lives of college basketball players, coaches and fans. Apparently, the ACC wants to come back next year with a bang: a 300-plus team sized bang.
According to CBS Sports NCAA insider Jon Rothstein, all ACC programs agreed to a proposal to have every single Division I team participate in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
Every. Single. Team. As in all 353 Division I basketball teams, the number provided by NCAA.com, to represent their respective colleges. That means every program, from regulars like UNC, Duke and UVA to teams that have never made the tournament, like Utah Valley, Stetson and William & Mary, would take the floor.
The guy spearheading the charge? Who else but perhaps the most recognizable name in college basketball history.
Duke's team Twitter account released Coach K's updated statement regarding the proposal.
As Sam Marsdale of 247 Sports notes, Coach K had previously shared his personal thoughts on expanding the tournament on ACC Network's "Packer and Durham," suggesting that the NCAA should "double the tournament (field) from 64 to 128," adding only one game to every team's schedule in doing so.
Several coaches have shown their support through statements on Twitter, including those shown below.