The end of the baseball season means the start of the reflection/preview period for most college sports communities in America, but here it means something else: the time to decide which person, place or thing was the least cool over the course of the past athletic season.
That's right, the least cool person tournament is back and now officially accepting nominations.
A few things to address before we get this ball rolling...
For the unfamiliar, here's the group of chotches this year's champion will be joining:
2007-08: Larry Taylor
2008-09: Mitch Barnhart
2009-10: Steve Kragthorpe
2010-11: Brandon Bender
Last year, the tournament expanded to 16 entities because of the unprecedented level of douchedom that occurred over the course of the sports season. Whether we stick with 16 or go back to eight will depend on the number of worthy nominees.
I am leaning towards going back to a seeded tournament, although I think I'll keep the seedings private in order to avoid any potential bias.
Who Can Be Nominated?
Remember that despite the name of the tournament, the participants don't have to be actual people. Recent years have seen the field comprised of things like Central Florida and the John Wall Dance. Also, past champions and participants can absolutely be nominated.
I think there are two major storylines as we head into this year's tournament.
1) The past two champions have both had a prior affiliation with Louisville. Will that trend continue?
2) Can John Calipari finally get over the hump after falling in the title match in each of the past two years?
With all that out of the way, I will kick things off by nominating Karl Hess for the tournament.
Feel free to share your nominee or nominees in the comments section. The field for this year's tournament will be announced on Monday and the games will begin afterward.