New NCAA tourney site announcement highlights 'busy' stretch for Creighton's athletic director

Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen is also the vice chair of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee.

The NCAA decided in September to remove all championships from North Carolina because of a controversial state law that discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. And Bruce Rasmussen went to work.

Rasmussen, CU's long-time athletic director, is vice chair of the Division I men's basketball committee, which has the infamous task of selecting teams for the NCAA tournament — but it also is responsible for picking the event's host sites.

Greensboro, North Carolina, was supposed to be one of eight locations for the tournament's first- and second-round games. But the NCAA reopened the bidding process last month.

Which meant Rasmussen and the nine other committee members had to find another East Coast option — one that didn't have an NBA or NHL conflict and one that could still reasonably meet the standards required of a host site.

Not to mention that the committee is beginning the bid process for tournament sites in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. It's also hoping to finalize the 2022 Final Four site.

Rasmussen has also been involved with the offseason officiating changes. He said there are about 20 different points of emphasis or rule interpretations — most of which, Rasmussen said, are aimed at increasing player movement and decreasing physicality.

Rasmussen said he's grateful for his administrators and staffers at Creighton. They've helped pick up the slack at home. And they'll have to keep it up, because there's plenty left on Rasmussen's agenda.

“It's been a busy time,” said Rasmussen, who'll be in New York City next week for Big East athletic director meetings. “There is a lot to do.”

The NCAA announced Friday that the pod of tournament games originally set to be played in Greensboro will now be moved to Greenville, South Carolina. Hosting for the first time since 2002, Greenville joins Buffalo, Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Tulsa, Sacramento and Orlando as the host sites for the first- and second-round NCAA tournament games next spring.

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