My thoughts: 1. A play-in game is not "making the field" or "getting a bid" to the Dance. 2. An argument could be made that a play-in game is the same as "making the field" or "getting a bid" to the Dance, albeit a weak one. 3. Even if you consider it "making the field", I certainly doubt that many will agree with you, should Tennessee get bounced by Iowa (which is unlikely). So, if. Tennessee does get beaten by Iowa, what happens to Cuonzo? If he's kept until next year, considering all that he had from a talent perspective, and given that we play in the 5-6th best conference in the country - he has no business being the coach next season, based on three year's worth of results. And to extend him, even without changing buyout, and for no bump - is absurd, and should compel the legislature to initiate a full-fledged professional competency hearing on anyone associated with UTK. JMHO.