Taking on the Women's Bracket

The Longhorns were on the bubble thanks to their RPI and, let's face it, the fact that Austin, Texas, is an early-round site. But Texas' 6-10 record in the Big 12 and the Horns' 2-6 slide in February kept them out of the Big Dance for the second year in a row. That has never happened before at Texas, and Conradt decided it was time for a change.

Wow, that's not a big job opening or anything.

OK, so about Monday night …

There was Summitt doing the State Farm insurance commercial during the selection show. Did UConn coach Geno Auriemma dial up his agent and yell, "Look, if Pat's got State Farm, I want do a spot with that gecko! Or those offended cavemen! I don't care, just get it for me! I want that in my body of work!"

Lots of schools who didn't win their conference tournaments and were, as expected, shut out from the Big Dance, are trying to figure out just what Louisiana-Lafayette did to earn an at-large. Anybody see that one coming?

"Principles and procedures," Southard said.

The committee has to put the top three teams from any conference into different regions. And they can't meet any sooner than the regional final. Then there's the S-curve that's used to place teams geographically. Throw in some "we're trying to grow the game" reasoning wherever that might fit, but ignore it where it doesn't. Whatever.

The Dayton Regional really doesn't make sense to me, but I'm not up to giving the committee much guff in general. At least not yet. Maybe I'll sleep on it. It doesn't seem like anyone was egregiously left out, although South Florida probably isn't too happy that practically the entire Big East got invited and it didn't.

"Principles and procedures," Southard said.

In all seriousness, Southard was in a very tough position: trying to keep her mind focused on the bracket when there was so much going on at LSU. She might have been better off to read a prepared statement both on ESPN and on the post-bracket conference call with the media -- you know, acknowledging the situation without really saying anything -- but a decision to do something like that might have been out of her hands.

She stuck to "principles and procedures." And was surely thinking that the sooner the games tip off, the better.

Mechelle Voepel of The Kansas City Star is a regular contributor to ESPN.com. She can be reached at mvoepel123@yahoo.com.

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