The uncertainty surrounding the Open Division before any of the teams were announced remains intact following Sunday’s release of the pairings.
St. John Bosco was given a No. 14 seed. There was talk about the Braves being left out of the Open Division altogether but that wasn’t the thought process of head coach Derrick Taylor, who says his team would have gotten in even had they been "10-16."
There was some concern on the coach’s part about the seed his team received — 14 out of 16 teams.
Taylor admitted it has him thinking about how to approach scheduling in the future. There’s no question the Braves played one of the tougher schedules in the country. They certainly took their lumps along the way. But, at what point did that nearly cost them a spot in the Open Division?
"I’m like many coaches who I talk to, we hear the term ‘criteria’ all the time but we, kind of, don’t know the criteria because it’s so gray that everybody is guessing still because it’s gray," Taylor said. "If it was a clear-cut criteria everybody would say ‘Oh yeah, I got it. I know what to expect. This is what to do.’ It’s so gray we don’t understand it. And I’m not trying to knock the CIF or the individuals who came up with this brilliant idea. Just as coaches, it’s a general feeling with the coaches, we are not sure what the criteria is."
There’s nothing gray about the depth of the division. Taylor knows that.
"It does not make a difference," he said. "Every single team in this thing is dynamic so you’re going to have to play regardless of where you’re seeded.