Why do NCAA teams cut down the net after big wins?

If you’ve ever watched the Elite Eight round or championship game of March Madness, you’ve witnessed one of the most storied traditions in all of sports — the cutting of the net.

The champion of each region, and ultimately the champion of the entire tournament, gets to partake in the ritual of cutting the net away from the sport’s iconic orange hoop so players can take a piece of history home with them.

But who came up with that idea?

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