Sunday is “Championship Day” for the committee, and while it is stressful, there also is a sense of fulfillment. We have a great team that has made an unbelievable commitment — as volunteers — to do our best. A great team is a mysterious thing, hard to create, much less duplicate. People talk about teamwork all the time: it's an overused term. Experts try to explain and define it, but few really understand it.
You can't always tell what makes a good team, but you know one when you see it because the team members like each other. They get along well, sit around a table laughing and, even after they're done, linger to enjoy each other's company. That’s how I would describe the men’s basketball committee.
For many of us, we have so many entities to manage — our athletic teams, our staff, our supporters, our corporate sponsors, our communities, etc. — that we don’t get to experience the close, mystical relationship of a team all the time. The men’s basketball committee provides that for us. Selection Sunday is like an athletic event for us, and I am so exhausted after the week.
While I do watch the Selection Show, my mind is still on the process and the worry that we may have made mistakes that dramatically affect a team, a program, a university, a community and a fan base.