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NCAA FINAL FOUR: FOR THE WOMEN, A POSSIBLE SCHEDULE CHANGE?
Published March 25, 1999
The NCAA women's basketball committee, "seeking a higher profile for its tournament, is discussing changing its schedule" so its Final Four "doesn't conflict" with the men's, according to Dick Patrick of USA TODAY. Committee Chair Bernadette McGlade said that the "tournament could be staggered" so the Final Four takes place a week before or a week after the men's, but it is "unlikely" that any change will happen before 2002 (USA TODAY, 3/25). NOTES: In San Jose, Chuck Dybdal wrote that the women's Final Four "could mean an estimated" $17M economic impact on the San Jose area. Nike has set up a basketball court opposite the Hilton Hotel, which will include clinics and autograph sessions featuring WNBA players. The court will also hold a three-on-three tournament for San Jose high school teams (C.C. TIMES, 3/24). In San Jose, Jody Meacham notes that shoe companies are "all over the place in women's college basketball. ... [But] no one beats Nike, which provides various levels of support for 85 schools." Jody Runge, Univ. of OR women's basketball coach, who has a Nike deal: "Coaches are getting personal contracts through shoe companies. They are getting involved in doing summer exposure things with kids. I don't see them being bad yet, the way some men feel they are in their game." While "most" women's coaches "get nothing but shoes and warm-ups" in their deals, Runge gets $10,000 from Nike (SJMN, 3/25).