2011 did not get off to a roaring start for the Big Ten commissioner. An 0-5 day tends to humble a man. In Delany’s case, it was humbling enough for him for him to render praise to the SEC without a hint of sarcasm.
How far does the Big Ten need to go to catch the SEC, the league to which you’re most often compared?
JD: They’ve won four national championships in a row. That says everything to me. We’ve had some competitive success, but they have the edge. Until we beat them, they deserve the edge. Whether it’s in an individual contest or a conference contest, you test yourself against the best and you get measured. If you want to be .500 or if you want to win 70 percent of your games, you can schedule that. A lot of people do in September. What it really comes down to is how you play big games against great opponents on big stages.
Good thing Ohio State goes into the Sugar Bowl with its full contingent of players, all committed to the program’s future.