By Colin Dunlap | 11:55 a.m. Friday
Made it to Lucas Oil Stadium for the coverage today.
Unless you have been here, you can't understand the vast expanse this building is.
12:08 p.m.: This is a blurry, albeit comical photo. As I was walking in, the Butler team was on their way into the building. As per policy, a security dog was milling through all their bags.
By the way, there was some dolt on the radio in Pittsburgh today
1:49 p.m.: Just watched some of the West Virginia practice.
Here are the guys just before they took the floor:
And then during practice, as his team was on the floor going through the usual Final Four dunk-contest-type-of-practice, Bob Huggins was engrossed in the ever important meeting with CBS' Jim Nantz.
In watching practice it is very clear -- Truck Bryant is nowhere near being ready to play. He could barely run and cut and move looks like he is still in a lot of pain.
2:36 p.m.: The Mountaineers just finished their media availability. As always, they were loose. Post-Gazette writer Paul Zeise had a pretty decent line, saying, "I feel like I'm back at the women's tournament with all the giggling." It is amazing how carefree this WVU team is, but it has worked for them.
3:22 p.m.: Coach K threw a counterpunch at the Indianapolis Star in his press conference.
Enjoy the transcript:
Q. It seems once again Duke is being cast as the hated team in the
Final Four. There was a photo illustration of you with the horns and
the target. Did you see that illustration? What do you make of being
cast as kind of the Devils of the Final Four?
COACH KRZYZEWSKI: I did see that. First thing, I thought, you know, That can't be. How could a newspaper do that? I thought somebody doodled. Actually, I thought I looked better.
But it was kind of juvenile. Not kind of, it was just juvenile. You know, my seven grandkids didn't enjoy looking at it. That's not Papi.
You know, it is what it is. It's very juvenile. We have great kids who go to school, they graduate. If we're going to be despised or hated by anybody because we go to school and we want to win, you know what, that's your problem. And you have a problem, because we're going to go to school and we're going to try to win. If you don't like it, keep drawing pictures, you know, just keep drawing pictures. Try to do them a little bit better than that, though.
3:45 p.m.: Dick Vitale just walked through the media room.
Next year at this time, there is a very good chance he will be preparing to call the Final Four action, as the safe money is that the tournament will move to ESPN.
4:45 p.m.: Here is the problem with the NCAA overcredentialing people who have no business having a credential:
1. Some guy was pointing his camera at me and snapping away -- in the media room.
2. He had on a Michigan State shirt.
I politely asked the man -- who claimed he was testing his camera or something -- to stop taking photos of me.
Back to the issue. If you are a real journalist, you know not to point your camera in the media room at people who are working. If you are a real journalist, you ask permission of people before you start snapping away at them in the media room. If you are a real journalist, while covering an event, you don't wear clothes with logos on them of any team, let alone a team participating in the event.
But the NCAA credentials everyone it seems --- the days of only journalists in the media room is long gone, I guess.
Also, I thought of this: There are 70,000-some seats in this place inside the arena, away from the media room, couldn't the tremendously-biased "journalist" have "tested" his camera on one of those subjects?
5:36 p.m.: Here is a copy of that aforementioned Indianapolis Star illustration that caused the Coach K flap:
7:23 p.m.: Post-Gazette photographer Matt Freed, also part of our coverage team here in Indy, sent a wonderful shot to me from practice of the Turk hammering one home.