In this humble reporter's opinion, nothing happened over the weekend to quell my enthusiasm for the concept.
I think it safe to say that in a 3-4 hour window on Saturday I saw more exciting RACES than I have in the last 10 years of the Stanford Invitational, which is a 2-day, 8-hour affair. And, just in case it's necessary, a RACE is where two or more people have a great battle, one of them breaking the other. A race is not an endless sucession of people running against the clock. That's time-trialing.
I would also say that those who point to the number of coaches who had top people who dog it in Regionals, figuring they were safe to get into the Nationals on time, may be their own worst enemies. I would hope/assume that the NCAA will look at some of the travesties that were visited upon us and say "OK, no more wild cards, period." I wouldn't want to see that, but I'd certainly be in favor in a reduction in the number thereof.
I'm also stunned that there were apparently no "honest effort" DQs, that the NCAA has traditionally been so dogmatic about handing out. If ever there were a case...
Is it easy to find fault with how the whole thing played out? Absofrigginlutely! Imbalance in fields, too many people meeting Q-standards, etc., etc. But all things that are to be expected with a radical new concept that had a very short gestation period.