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Reply to "Centennial Conference contretemps"

@RJM posted:

Was the decision a way for the administrators to emphasize these are academic institutions where athletics is very secondary? In the moment the decision really sucks. But in the big picture of what these kids will accomplish in their lifetime it’s not that relevant. But they won’t forget. Someday, when the kid is a dad he’ll tell his kid about the jackass decision made in his conference tournament.

We can only speculate as to the conference's motives.  I have heard (purely rumors) that the affected schools' Athletic Directors had no problem with moving the games.  IMO, it was mostly inertia/lack of imagination.   The conference rules say that if games couldn't be completed by the end of the day, then the #1 seed is the champion.  There are no specific rules about moving games or playing beyond the arbitrary deadline if all the schools involved agree.  So to take a different path would have required some leadership and creativity.  For whatever reason, that was in short supply on Sunday.

What really rankles is that this was not an "act of God."  It rained, but the conference softball championships were played on Sunday on a field literally adjacent to the Swat baseball field. The issue apparently was that the tarp (which smoke says is new) blew off the baseball field during the night.  I'm confident this was just a mistake--I don't  think for a second that Swarthmore had any ill intent (and again, their coach agreed to move the games and play out the tournament).  But this isn't the kind of situation the rules had in mind.  The conference effectively rewarded Swat (and punished three other teams) for Swat's groundskeeping error.  (Once again I hasten to add--Swat did not try to take advantage of the situation.)  I think Swarthmore's baseball team is going to hear a lot of chirping next year (there already has been a lot on Twitter).  That's not fair--the conference made the decision, and Swat did win the regular season title.  But it's one more way things are twisted, and one more source of discontent.   

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