The NCAA's announced the man who's next in line to stand up to criticism over why teams 69 and 70 did not make it into the Field of 68.
The chairman of the D-I men's basketball committee for 2015-16 will be Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione. He's set to serve year No. 4 in 2014-15 -- this upcoming season will have Utah State AD Scott Barnes serve as chair -- before his ultimate season ends in the big chair.
To prep for this, Castiglione will be vice chair in 2014-15.
"I have been incredibly fortunate to have served on this committee with three outstanding chairs in Jeff Hathaway, Mike Bobinski and current chair Ron Wellman of Wake Forest," Castiglione said in a statement. "Watching them lead the committee throughout the year and particularly through the selection process has been educational, and having the opportunity to work along with Scott in the coming year will serve as great preparation to fill this role. It's an honor to be selected by my peers and I'm appreciative of the trust that this group, for which I have a tremendous amount of respect, has placed in me."
It's a coveted gig, and yet again it's gone to a male. No shame in that, but I'm wondering when a female might get the opportunity. There are two on the current board who have a chance down the road.
Castiglione has been AD at Oklahoma since 1998. He's spent 17 years on the job in Norman, preceded by 17 years at Missouri as the director of communications and marketing for 12 years before getting the AD gig there in '93.
This is the 2014-15 NCAA men's basketball committee:
Chair: Utah State AD Scott Barnes
-- LSU AD Joe Alleva
-- Oklahoma AD Joe Castiglione
-- Michigan State AD Mark Hollis
-- Conference USA associate commissioner Judy MacLeod
-- Creighton AD Bruce Rasmussen
-- Northeastern AD Peter Roby
-- UNC-Asheville AD Janet Cone
-- Stanford AD Bernard Muir
-- BYU AD Tom Holmoe