ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips has announced that after the season is over he will hold a meeting to address the ACC Basketball narrative. He will be meeting with the Athletic Directors and Head Coaches of the programs to discuss and plan out a “proactive” and “aggressive” way to change that narrative. Phillips was openly disappointed in the five bids that the ACC got in the 2023 NCAA Tournament in March. The last two seasons especially have been concerning for the ACC other than Duke and North Carolina both reaching the Final Four in the 2022 NCAA Tournament.
ACC commissioner Jim Phillips told me the league needs to be more aggressive and proactive about changing the men’s basketball narrative. So he will meet with coaches + ADs as soon as the season ends https://t.co/uKFC5IwWFZ
— Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) March 25, 2023
Jim Phillips said the following when talking about his future plans for ACC Basketball. “We have to portray ourselves in a different way, and maybe it’s our scheduling, maybe it’s our providing information back to the committee, but we’re going to be aggressive in how we look at it — but we’re also going to be proactive. We feel the narrative hasn’t been quite right the last two years. We’re going to try to do something about that in the offseason. I get it, I’ve been on the men’s selection committee. I’ve been on the women’s committee. It’s a hard assignment, and so we’re going to try to make it easier for them from an ACC standpoint to make sure we’re structured and set up in a way where we will have more teams in the tournament in the future based on merit.”
The NCAA is better when ACC Basketball is at its best. That conference is historically one of the best when it comes to the sport. Jim Phillips has a plan to address the problem, it will take some time to find out if it will work moving forward.