“It’s the best deal in the country.”

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.



Filed under Big Ten Football, It's Just Bidness

9 responses to ““It’s the best deal in the country.”

  1. Hogbody Spradlin

    This money and stability business is fine, BUT LET’S NOT GET CARRIED AWAY HERE! After all, they’re amateurs, as pure as the javelin thrower on the track team.


  2. CannonDawg

    “This is about money”

    Smith’s grasp of the obvious is truly breathtaking. Unions aren’t oblivious to that fact either. When and under what conditions the big confrontation will occur I can’t yet see, but when it does, I can imagine it will be a nasty one. The conference bosses and ADs will be talking about how “we’ll fight ’em on the beaches,” and the unions czars will champion the players’ cause with their fingers crossed behind them.

    And the winner is . . . ?


  3. Well, the 21st century business model may include paying players. From that perspective, he may be right to continue adding coal to the fire.


  4. AusDawg85

    And here I thought this was all for the children…


    • Dog in Fla

      After coming to the crushing realization with Gene Smith’s trickeration that just maybe it was not all for the children, Stacey Osborn’s doppelgänger was not immediately available for comment because she was on holiday