NCAA apologizes to SC for text errantly sent to school

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 7:32 AM

NCAA vice president of men'south basketball championships Dan Gavitt released a statement Thursday explaining what happened.  "Unfortunately, during the choice indicate a Jr men'south basketball staff member mistakenly sent a text to a member of the Univ of SC athletics dept staff via an app we used for the first time during the two thousand sixteen tournament.

NCAA apologizes to SC for text errantly sent to school

The NCAA apologized to SC on Thursday for a text it says was sent to the school on Choice Sun that erroneously said that the Gamecocks had been selected for the NCAA tournament.

NCAA vice president of men'south basketball championships Dan Gavitt released a statement Thursday explaining what happened. 

"Unfortunately, during the choice indicate a Jr men'south basketball staff member mistakenly sent a text to a member of the Univ of SC athletics dept staff via an app we used for the first time during the two thousand sixteen tournament. The text was supposed to go to all teams, congratulating them for making the tournament. Regrettably, a text meant for another institution went to S Carolina instead.

"While the Gamecocks were given serious consideration, at number time during the choice process was SC voted in to the field. Ultimately, they were one of the latest four teams left out of the tournament. I get full responsibility for this clerical mistake and apologize to Coach Martin, his staff and team, and the all Univ of S Carolina community."

The congratulatory text went to SC when it was supposed to go to USC, which is following to SC in the App the NCAA was using, a source told ESPN'south Andy Katz. The text also was supposed to go out at the finish of the whole bracket and not as it was unfolding, the source said.

The NCAA'south statement was released shortly after WIS-TV in Columbia, S Carolina, reported that SC athletic director Ray Tanner had confirmed the mistake by the NCAA.

"Even though the disappointment with being left out will never leave me, I'm past all that," SC coach Frank Martin told ESPN. "I appreciate their honesty, transparency and understanding of everyone at a S Carolina."

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim compared the NCAA'south mistake to comedian Steve Harvey'south gaffe at the Miss Universe pageant when he mistakenly crowned Ariadna Gutiérrez, from Colombia, instead of the Philippines' Pia Wurtzbach, the rightful winner.

"That'south love the Steve Harvey thing, that'south terrible," he told SNY.

The errant text wasn't the only mix-up that occurred on Choice Sunday, as someone tweeted a bracket at approximately 6:30 p. m. ET, about halfway through the choice indicate televised by CBS. Cautioning, "Spoiler Alert: full bracket," the post showed the field of 68. By then, the S and W regions had been revealed, and they were identical to the leaked versions. The NCAA is investigating the incident.

Martin said earlier this mo that he received a call about the leaked bracket and that the Gamecocks' title wasn't on it. He didn't tell his team about the leak because he couldn't confirm it was accurate.

SC won a school-record twenty-four games this season and tied for third space in the SEC at 11-7. The Gamecocks lost 83-66 to GA Tech in the second circular of the NIT.

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