Ohio State’s Gene Smith is all in with Jim Delany’s vision of Big Ten expansion.
“I know that change is hard,” Smith said. “The reality is that the Big Ten needed to change in order to position ourselves for the 21st-century model of intercollegiate athletic competition.”
21st-century model? What’s that, Gene?
Peel away from the emotional tug of tradition and view the latest expansion by the now 14-member Big Ten through the prism of economics.
That is how Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith sees this season’s addition of Maryland and Rutgers, schools located in Mid-Atlantic states, to the Midwestern-based league.
“From a business point of view, it makes huge sense,” Smith said. “This is a business deal. This is about money. Everybody wants to dodge that; I don’t. It’s about the stability of our conference for the long term.”
Nobody’s dodging that. Except when they’re fighting player compensation.