Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

DUKE-CAL NOTEBOOK; Director: City Will Bid Again to Host

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

DUKE-CAL NOTEBOOK; Director: City Will Bid Again to Host

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Byline: JEFF ELLIOTT

Jacksonville drew praise from an NCAA representative for its hosting of the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, and JU director of athletics Alan Verlander confirmed that the school will make another bid to host the tournament in the future.

L.J. Wright, the NCAA Director of the Men's Basketball Championship, said it was a successfully-run tournament.

"We're pleased with Jacksonville University and how they've handled things," Wright said. "Alan Verlander and his team along with [JEDC official] Michael Bouda have done a great job in assisting us as our tournament manager. The facility has been great."

The one negative aspect was the fact that none of the three sessions were sellouts. Sunday's session came closest with an announced crowd of 12,547, slightly more than a thousand shy of the arena's basketball capacity of 13,867.

"Sure, we always want to sell out, so that was a little disappointing. But Jacksonville has been a great host in the past," Wright said. "When the next opportunity comes around, I don't know what the basketball committee will determine, if that will be an issue in their mind or not. It is a slight concern that we didn't sell out here."

Bids to host for the 2014, 2015 and 2016 first and second rounds come up later this year.

"After we get our critiques from the events from the NCAA and others and we tweak some things in our bid process, we'll definitely put in a proposal," Verlander said. "It's something we want to host every four years. Hopefully they [NCAA Basketball Committee] like it well enough to where they want to bring it back."

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