and I assume it was her, she ought to have the integrity to return last year's tournament championship trophy.
I realize they were undefeated last season, but if you're not going to accept the implicit agreement that the single-elimination tournament "decides" the number-one team in the country, you ought to decline to participate.
I've never been a huge fan of the single-elimination tournaments to decide "national champions," and even wrote columns 35 years ago in The Observer arguing in favor of a 24-team double-elimination men's NCAA basketball tournament.
But that ship has sailed for the men and the women. The tournament winner is the number-one team. Otherwise, nobody would give a crap (other than for gambling purposes, at least for the men).
If we aren't all willing to agree that the tournament winner gets to be called the number-one team in the country, we ought to be honest enough to admit that the NCAA tournament is just a bigger, colder version of the Junkanoo Jam or one of those other silly events.
For what it's worth, I think voting the rest of the poll after number one is and should be open to various approaches in terms of weighing regular season vs. post-season. I wouldn't have been offended if Mulkey voted Baylor #2 and Notre Dame #3. I wouldn't necessarily have agreed, but I think that can be an honest difference of opinion.