By now you know that the Fresno State womenâ€™s team lost against Baylor.
And you see that the headlineâ€™s misspelled.
You also probably know that Fresno State wasnâ€™t on television â€” even though they were supposed to be.
In many ways, itâ€™s more ridiculous than you might imagine. As would be expected, the NCAA is trying to take zero blame. Thatâ€™s pathetic. Hereâ€™s why.
The NCAA knew that the game was not on television. There was plenty of time to fix the mistake.
In Albuquerque I was sitting next to Matt James, a columnist for the Fresno Bee. He discovered that the game was not on television because of phone calls and probably because of comments on his blog about the game.
â€œWhoâ€™s the SID?â€ he asked me. SID stands for Sports Information Director.
I told him I didnâ€™t know. So he went to investigate, sometime in the first half.
He came back and told his editor and me that the producer for the NCAA was too busy to talk to him.
Finally, the producer came over in the second half. James explained that the game was not on in Fresno. The producer said that he wasnâ€™t responsible.
They never are.
Supposedly, it was the fault of the cable companies. But Iâ€™m guessing that the NCAA has Comcastâ€™s phone number.
Meanwhile, I looked like an idiot when I texted my friends and family to watch the game.
They texted back and told me it wasnâ€™t on.
All it would have been, apparently, is one phone call or one push of a button. The NCAA didnâ€™t want to deal with it.
For all of the wonderful treatment to the media and the womenâ€™s basketball team, the NCAA probably messed up the biggest recruiting tool possible for Fresno State.
Even though Fresno State lost, there might be one high school student-athlete out there that could have been watching the game.
Maybe they like the way Fresno State plays. Maybe they donâ€™t.
Maybe theyâ€™re being recruited by Fresno State and another school that didnâ€™t make the big dance.
At least that girl had a chance to find out.
It is the NCAAâ€™s problem when a game they promote isnâ€™t on in the market that the team recruits to.
Then again, maybe itâ€™s karma against Fresno State womenâ€™s basketball.
I just hope itâ€™s the last sliver of karma, because those girls deserved every second of exposure for the finale of their historic season.
Even if itâ€™s the last two minutes in a 21-point loss.