Kansas City, Mo Seeking to expand its voice and presence, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced Wednesday that Kansas City will be its permanent home.
In addition, the NABC hopes to sponsor a 16-team tournament in Kansas City beginning in the 2001-2002 season and to build a coaches hall of honor with annual inductions.
The NABC, which has maintained offices in suburban Kansas City, has basically been a lobbying group for college coaches within the NCAA. But coaches are moving to expand their influence. They announced they are moving their headquarters into Municipal Auditorium, site of 10 NCAA Final Fours. A 10-year lease was approved.
"There have been more national championships played in Municipal Auditorium than any other building in the country," said Kansas University coach Roy Williams, a member of the NABC Board of Directors."You can walk in there and almost hear the voices of the past."
Williams said there was talk of having one of three area teams Kansas, Missouri and Kansas State in the NABC tournament each season. The format and number of teams has not been decided.
"We're talking about something along the lines of the NIT, a 16-team tournament," said NABC executive director Jim Haney.
In the future, coaches are hoping to have more influence over NCAA rules.
"We're talking about a lot of issues recruiting, academic issues, scholarship limits," Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson said. "It's an important time in legislation. Hopefully, we'll have a voice that will be heard."
There is talk of an annual induction of coaches at various levels into the Hall. The city of Kansas City has agreed to provide about 60,000 square feet of space for the NABC offices, the hall of honor and an interactive fan event.