There is conflicting information in Plattsburgh about the ECAC West tie-breaking procedures. Most of the fans were under the impression that record against common opponents was one of the criteria. However, news started making the rounds that is no longer considered and hosting for the ECAC West playoffs may come down to a coin toss. I have three questions:
1. When did the rules change? I had the impression from people who would know that Plattsburgh had the tie breaker advantage. I fully admit that my impression could have been wrong because now I can't remember where that impression came from.
2. If there's going to be a coin toss, how will it be conducted? Not to be paranoid or anything, but the way this information has come out has me a little paranoid toward the ECAC. Probably unfounded, but what can I say? I'm getting old?
3. This was an entirely foreseeable possibility the way the ECAC West is constructed. How do you implement tie breaking procedures that can easily end in a coin toss? That seems to be horribly bad planning by the league. Also, if you make a change this big, as the NCAA did with its selection criteria this year, you should make it as public as possible.
OK, rant over. Any answers would be appreciated!