Despite the championship drought, the Big Ten’s core objective hasn’t changed.
“Being viewed as the gold standard of athletic and academic balance,” Delany said.
Such a mission statement might draw eye-rolls among college football fans and some media, but the Big Ten will continue to trumpet its success with graduation rates, broad-based athletic programs and other traits that are overshadowed by the race for the crystal football. Delany certainly wants more titles in the major sports, but he notes, “Sometimes when you win championships, you may lose sight of [the core message].”
Yeah, that’s it. The Big Ten gets smoked in the postseason because its players are too smart.
If that gold standard is how Delany wants his conference seen in the public eye, there’s another Bowl Delany could bring to the Big Ten Network.