New exempt tournaments all the rage

Originally Published: August 8, 2007
By Kyle Whelliston | Special to ESPN.com

It was early January 2006. The University of Texas had just wrapped up its football championship in dramatic fashion against USC in a game for the ages, and college fans' attention turned to basketball conference races that had just begun. In the midst of all the New Year's hullabaloo, the NCAA quietly introduced a rule adjustment that would soon result in a drastic change in the way college basketball would be played -- in November and December, anyway.

Gone forever was ...

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