See how much press UConn's women's team got when they tied UCLA's Men's BB streak. I think TB wouldn't mind a piece of that press. Only 17 to go. Even PSU's WVB team got in on that hallowed ground last year.
In CFB you can't dodge. Your schedule is worked out years in advance. If the same thing was happening in wrestling I would cut TB lots of slack but wrestling schedules are worked out the year before. Whatever his thinking was, he had a chance to go & defend the title but didn't. No comment on TB but I think any school, coach or team would want a chance to defend their title.
Last year Okie & Okie State were at the VA Duals. Perhaps PSU thought that they were still coming. OSU went to the NWCA event & OU didnt go anywhere. I think if PSU had not tied for the SS title & get shot up to 2nd in the polls, no one would as much attention on them.
It's ashame that there isn't just one dual tourney like a NCAA sanctioned tourney. I would have loved to have seen both PSU & Iowa there as PSU was never really challenged @ the VA Duals.