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Wednesday's Daily Briefing: Changes could be coming for Sun Belt Baseball Tournament

On paper, the new format for the Sun Belt Conference baseball tourney, and its system of pool play rather than double elimination, appeared to be a step in the right direction.

In practicality, it was a flop.
 
The No. 8 seed, UALR, won the tournament and there were a slew of “meaningless” games played as the Trojans and FIU earned their sports before the final day of pool play.
 
Sure teams were guaranteed three games, but plenty of teams probably didn’t want to play that third game as there were five games in pool games played after the championship game had been set after the first game on Friday.
 
Here’s a story from the Monroe News-Star about what some of the coaches thought about the new format  and there seems to be enough support to consider returning to the double-elimination format used by most conferences.
 
It certainly didn't work this year, but I would hope the format would be given a little more time before thown to the scrap heap.
 
While on the subject of post-season formats, here is an interesting story from The Birmingham News about the NCAA possibly going to a best-of-three format for the first round instead of four teams at each regional site.
 
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Here’s our review and analysis of the 2011 baseball season.
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