His Imperious One doesn’t think much of Jim Delany’s proposal to make the Rose Bowl the centerpiece of the new postseason format.
“This is not 1950, or 1960,” Adams said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “There are great schools in the [Atlantic Coast Conference] and the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12. I think it’s time to put everybody on an equal footing. I just reject the notion that the Big Ten and the Pac-12 ought to be treated differently in this process.”
Jim Delany, on the other hand, doesn’t think much of Michael Adams – when he does think of him at all.
Asked for his reaction, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said through a spokesman that he is “glad that Michael Adams and others are fully participating in the conversation…”
Yeah, he sounds thrilled.
About all these guys share right now is the firm desire to Under Armor their own conference turf.
… Arizona State president Michael Crow noted that the Rose Bowl is 110 years old and only recently has been associated with the BCS. He said the Pac-12 holds preservation of the Rose Bowl as its main goal, but that he thinks the bowl and the BCS can coexist.
Oregon State president Ed Ray, chair of the Pac-12’s CEO group, said BCS formats are still being negotiated and that no one in his group was making demands. Of the proposal that called for three semifinal games, Ray said, “we as a group never discussed that option. This is the first time I’m hearing it. But that doesn’t mean that people weren’t in conversations where all these things came up and somebody suggested it.”
“The predominant view seems to be for a four-team playoff of some sort,” Adams said. “I think that’s an improvement, but I think it diminishes the importance of the nation’s strongest athletic conference, the Southeastern Conference.”
It’s enough to make you wonder if the current arrangement survives as a matter of default.