Nuss, from our Washington State blog, CougCenter, informed me of a report from Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman, a reliable source, stating that the expansion of the NCAA Tournament from 65 to 68 or 96 teams is not a done deal after all. Goodman's story is based on a conversation with NCAA senior vice president Greg Shaheen.
In the course of the story, Goodman points out an interesting fact about the NIT that could increase the likelihood of expansion, however.
The NCAA's deal with the 32-team NIT also expires at the end of this season and, according to sources, one of the possibilities is to end the agreement and take 31 of those teams and add them to the NCAA tournament field.
That piece of information means tournament expansion talk is certainly not going away anytime soon.