Ivy Presidents Ban Participation Of League Teams Selected by NIT
Halting a trend toward more participation in post-season torment play, the Ivy League presidents decided today not to allow any Ivy basketball teams to accept a bid to the National Invitational Tournament.
They gave no reason for their decision.
In another meeting on Ivy League post season activities, the Eastern Collegiate had not yet released its proposal on what Athletic Conference Executive Committee punishment, if any, should be imposed on Yale for denying an NCAA edict.
Yale had allowed Jack Langer to participate in Israel's Maccabiah Games, despite an NCAA ruling prohibiting collegiate basketball players from taking part in the games.
The NIT bids, announced today. are expected to be extended to Penu, ranked seventh in the nation, and Columbia, ranked 18th. Penn is currently the Ivy leader, but the Quakers must beat Columbia this weekend for a second time to insure itself of the title.
The Ivy League champion is automatically included in the NCAA tournament, the only post-season tournament that any Ivy team is allowed to compete in. Ivy League teams can participate in vacation tournaments during the regular season, but the runner-up is denied the chance to play in any post-season tournament.
The decision on participation in the NIT was made in response to a request by Columbia president Andrew Cordier that the traditional post-season tournament restriction be repealed. The presidents of four colleges-Columbia. Pennsylvania. Princeton, and Cornell-voted to lift the post-season tournament ban, but a unanimous decision was needed.
The presidents' action contrasts with their move last month to allow individual athletes to take part in post-season games.