If war begins this week, NCAA might postpone games
INDIANAPOLIS -- The NCAA will carefully explore all of its options in deciding whether to postpone the men's and women's basketball tournaments if the United States goes to war with Iraq this week.
"We have to arrive at a position that makes the most sense for the NCAA, but we don't want a tyrant to run our lives," NCAA president Myles Brand said Monday night.
The NCAA men's tournament would be the first big sports event affected by any conflict in Iraq. The first game, between North Carolina-Asheville and Texas Southern, is scheduled for Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio.
The rest of the first round begins Thursday, which would be after the 48-hour deadline President Bush set Monday night for Saddam Hussein to leave Iraq or face war.