San Diego State coach Steve Fisher has been around college basketball long enough to know what works and what doesn't.
So when the 68-year-old speaks, people listen.
After his team's overtime victory over New Mexico State late Thursday, Fisher had a gripe with the NCAA. He said before the game he was told the losing team would need to leave Spokane, Wash., later that night. When taking into account that this was the final game of the day (tipping off at 8 p.m. local time) and it was a grueling overtime matchup, a four-and-a-half hour flight did not sound palatable
Fisher, who has been to three NCAA tournament finals and won one (as coach of Michigan in 1989), had some strong words for the NCAA.
"It's disgraceful," Fisher said of the organization's policy. "For the billions of dollars that we have here, for them not to find a way to accommodate these kids, the student-athletes. You can't tell me they couldn’t find charter planes."
While this may be the policy for each losing team, and New Mexico State just gets the bad end of the bargain because its game was the last of the night, the NCAA could have made an exception.
"I would like to go from the top up administratively," Fisher said of the NCAA. "Have them at a site and say 'You’re going to ride home with that losing team and see what it's like to get home at 5 in the morning' … It shouldn’t happen."
Fisher gets into his critique of the NCAA at the 1:30 mark in the video below: