By Amanda Christovich
The NCAA has traditionally hosted the men’s and women’s Final Fours in different cities, but that setup has been called into question because of gender equity issues.
In 2013, Big East commissioner Val Ackerman suggested hosting both Final Fours in the same city in a white paper — though the NCAA largely ignored the idea. But after last year’s report by Kaplan Hecker & Fink agreed, the NCAA finally commissioned a formal review.
Women’s Basketball Coaches Association executive director Danielle Donehew told Front Office Sports that many women’s coaches echoed the latter concern, with only 55% supporting the idea.
Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer is against it for now. “We’re in a good place,” she said. “Our tournament is really growing.” This year’s tournament has seen high TV ratings and record attendance.
UConn’s Geno Auriemma, however, told reporters he was “willing to try anything.”