Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Making Bid for '98 NCAA Regional

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Making Bid for '98 NCAA Regional

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That persistent bunch from the Missouri Valley Conference is at it again. The MVC plans to bid for an NCAA men's basketball tournament regional in St. Louis for the 1997-98 season. As an added twist, St. Louis University would serve as co-host if the National Collegiate Athletic Association approves such an arrangement.

The Valley played host to the Midwest Regional last March at The Arena and has unsuccessfully bid for regionals here on several other occasions since moving its offices to St. Louis in 1985.

"We think it's important to keep St. Louis in the mix - to have an NCAA event here on a regular basis," Associate Commissioner Joe Mitch said. "With the new facility, the Kiel Center, we think we'll get the NCAA on a regular basis. And with the dome going up, we feel fairly confident we'll get a Final Four as well."

Mitch and MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin are part of a St. Louis delegation scheduled to meet with National Collegiate Athletic Association officials Wednesday in Kansas City to discuss the bid. All bids for the '97-98 season must be submitted to the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee by August, with regional sites awarded in December.

Jud Perkins and Roger Dixon of the Kiel Center, and Bob Bedell of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission also will take part in the meeting. St. Louis University athletic director Debbie Yow will not attend because the nationally ranked Billikens have a home game Wednesday with Iowa State.

Mitch said having St. Louis University involved "makes every sense in the world. We think it's going to make St. Louis more attractive to the NCAA if there are co-hosts working as one."

It's a great theory, but the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee currently has a policy against co-hosts from different conferences. The Billikens play in the Great Midwest.

"Co-hosts leave us in a precarious position of not knowing who to communicate with," said Bill Hancock, director of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship for the NCAA. …

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