ATLANTA – According to all of the official NCAA material here, Ohio State is making its first Final Four appearance since 1968.
This is interesting because I officially recall seeing the Buckeyes, their band, their cheerleaders and their Scoonie Penn at the 1999 Final Four in Florida. I believe "Brutus Buckeye," the school's nut-headed mascot even was there, although the NCAA and CBS (which gladly repeats all the propaganda) have now clouded my memory.
The NCAA vacated Ohio State's tournament run that year – not to mention 2000, 2001 and 2002 – because of major rules violations that included payments to a player.
Not that this is anything new, the NCAA has abolished 53 NCAA tournament appearances since 1980 alone.
In fact, 12 Final Four teams (although never a champion) have been deleted, which makes March Madness a unique part of the sports landscape. In no other major American sporting pursuit are teams later crossed out of the recordRead More »from By the rules