This Dennis Dodd interview with the Big Ten commissioner is delicious.
It must be acknowledged that arguably the nation’s richest conference is going through one of its roughest off-field patches. Since 2011 — the year the Jerry Sandusky scandal broke at Penn State — to the current Maryland investigation, there have been at least 16 high-profile instances of alleged wrongdoing in Big Ten athletic departments involving 11 of the conference’s 14 schools.
In that span, four football coaches were fired for issues unrelated to winning football games. Two more might join that group soon in Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Maryland’s DJ Durkin.
As the season nears, that means almost 30 percent of football coaches in the Big Ten East (two of seven) are on paid administrative leave.
“Of course we’re concerned,” Delany told me.
And this is straight out of the student judiciary scene in Animal House:
Delany sees the criminal behavior as more of a reflection of society. He quoted Center for Disease Control statistics that state nearly one-fifth of all women report experiencing rape. The ratio is 1-in-18 for men.
“It’s a problem for us, but it minimizes an epidemic that is a problem in our country,” Delany said. “I, as a conference commissioner, don’t have the answer.”
Jim Delany is not going to stand for you badmouthing the United States of America. Gentlemen!
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