Nearly 10 schools waived off.
The travel costs for just two matches is astronomic for mid majors... and there is threat of rain in many places (no indoor courts made available in No Cal and much of south. So you would then have to stay an extra day and pay flight change fees too.
OR you can stay home and play the same teams you already schedule.
It's a bad idea that will eventually die due to costs.
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Definitely disagree. Let's look at the different parties involved.
Many mid-majors need the two dates against top 60 teams because it is one way to get teams 30 spots ahead of you in the rankings and from the biggest conferences to play, and given that you can opt out if the travel cost is prospectively too high when it comes to your draft spot, the mid-majors will never be the reason this goes away. Furthermore, look at how many of those teams regularly between 30-100 in the country already have a weekend trip or two that includes significant travel.
The ITA certainly loves to sponsor an event like this, especially the final 16 event, so they won't want the event to ever go away.
If the NCAA ever took away the exemption for the final 16, that would probably kill the event, but that seems unlikely since the NCAA agreed to the current approach.
The one group of teams that would benefit from a change is the top 10 or 15 teams in the country. They would prefer to save the dates of competitions and just play in a team championship that is exempt from being counted. I believe this was the old way it was done, but going back to that approach would tick off everyone else and also cause the NCAA to probably reconsider the exemption for the finals event if it wasn't widely inclusive.
As it is, Stanford took its shot last year at seeing if it could create momentum among the top teams to boycott the tournament, and at one point in the winter, I had heard a bunch of other schools were considering not participating. Ironically, even though Stanford ended up not being hurt by it, I think Stanford's relatively low seeding in this year's NCAA's actually convinced teams that participating was necessary because of the huge impact on rankings (just look at Northwestern's rankings all-year after winning this year).
Consequently, unless something dramatic changes in the landscape (e.g. 16-team super conferences), I propose it is around for a while.