SEC enlists Tranghese to help strengthen basketball fortunes

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) The Southeastern Conference is enlisting former Big East Commissioner Mike Tranghese's help to improve the league's basketball fortunes.

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said Tuesday that Tranghese will serve as ''Special Advisor to the Commissioner for Men's Basketball.'' The move came two days after the league only got three teams into the NCAA Tournament, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

Sankey says the league has ''gained positive momentum'' over the past year but still isn't meeting its own standards.

Six conferences received more bids, including four that had seven teams get into the field.

Tranghese led the Big East from 1990-2009 and spent five years on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee.

The SEC says Tranghese will advise Sankey and associate commissioner Mark Whitworth on ways to strengthen basketball, including nonconference scheduling guidelines.