DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - Hopes of securing another three years of games, if not becoming the permanent home of the NCAA First Four Tournament, were dashed at the NCAA men's basketball annual meeting in July.
The University of Dayton submitted a proposal, that if accepted, would have kept the tournament in Dayton beyond 2015.
That proposal was declined, according to Dave Worlock, director of media relations with the NCAA, and Dayton First Four organizers were told they had to go through the proper bidding process.
The University of Dayton has the tournament for the next two years, and the next bids will be for the years of 2016-18.
Worlock said based on its proven success in hosting the games, Dayton is still favorable site.
"You can't argue with a packed arena, good games, and people like President Obama coming to the arena," he said. "Its a success."
Worlock said future decisions on the tournament sites will be impacted on conference realignments happening in collegiate athletics right now.
"This has nothing to do with The University of Dayton, rather the change of environment in collegiate athletics," said Tim O'Connell, assistant vice president of athletics and executive director, University of Dayton Arena. "We will aggressively pursue the bid to host the First Four beyond 2015."
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