>We know most coaches don't like it. Track and
>Field News is obviously in favor. What do other
>track fans think?
No, you mean coaches of big-time programs. Any coach who thinks he has a shot at an NCAA title hates it. The rest of them like it, especially up north where you don't have decent weather until mid-May (and it's a rainy, windy, 60-degree day outside right now). There are now about an extra 75 athletes per event that have something to shoot for at the end of the season.
As for the criticism that the NCAA meet is too close to the USATF, that again is a problem that only a small minority of programs have to deal with. USATF could move its championship to the mid-season GP break (just like every other country in the northern hemisphere) but that would take imagination, which they clearly do not have. Just think about how Oslo and Rome could be hyped on ESPN as leading up the the USA championships. Not-quite-GP level athletes would need domestic competition in late June and early July, but we already have the Can-Am series; similar all-sprint/hurdle and all-field event meets might be equally successful.
It seems like the regional finals would be tailor-made for Fox Sports Net. But, of course, no one in track actually would make that happen . . . why, it might make the sport popular!
I'm going to the meet at Ohio State. It's going to be a thrill, I'm sure.