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.
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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.