The Final Four teams made no public appearances Thursday -- although some Kansas Jayhawks were sighted enjoying Mexican food on the River Walk.
That left the spotlight on NCAA president Myles Brand and a panel of basketball coaches from among the many attending the annual coaches convention that always runs alongside the Final Four. (Here's my story from the Friday paper.)
I thought the most interesting thing from Brand and the coaches was a clear signal that this week's Final Four crowds of 45,000 per game might be the smallest Final Four crowds for a long time, as the NCAA seems eager to commit strongly to those new stadiums with the mid-field seating and the elevated courts that we saw at the Detroit and Houston quarterfinals.
Detroit will host next season's Final Four, and Houston will host in 2011.
As for those elevated courts, the coaches downplayed any possiblity of injury, saying players are probably just as vulnerable going off of a conventional court as an elevated one.