Jim Delany’s situational ethics

The evolution of Jim Delany, network director and sometime conference commissioner:

  • 2010:  Fuck you, playoff proponents.
  • 2016:  College football shouldn’t go to an eight-team playoff because “too much ice cream isn’t good for anybody”.
  • Today ($$)“It’s probably a good idea, given all of the conversations and noise around the issue, to have discussions with our colleagues.”

There is literally nothing these guys won’t consider if the right price tag is attached to it.  But you keep telling yourself an eight-team playoff is as far as they’ll go.


Filed under BCS/Playoffs, It's Just Bidness

13 responses to “Jim Delany’s situational ethics

  1. Otto

    More free time on Saturdays for me.


  2. SouthernYank

    This is one of my favorites of yours, Senator. Hysterical.


  3. Spike

    Money talks.. and the bullshit walks..


  4. Harold Miller

    Are we really that interested in a 16 team field were the 1 and 2 and probably 3 and 4 seeds field dress their opponents in the first round? I agree. If you go to 8, how are you going to stop there?


  5. Bulldog Joe

    Delany would be more effective if his schools were to schedule more games against Notre Dame.

    Knock them out and the Big Ten’s playoff chances go up significantly.

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  6. atlasshrugged55

    They’ll do anything to increase the dollars. The machine needs more & more money each year.


  7. ASEF

    And when we have 8, 24 slots over 3 years, and the B1G only got 3 of those, Delany will run the math to see how big a 16-piece pie would be and whether his percentage of those slices would be likely to increase. Or his cable sub numbers start to dwindle precipitously. Or both.


  8. Doug

    If anyone’s still telling themselves we have anything resembling a true meritocracy in this country, Jim Delany and Larry Scott should at long last disabuse you of the notion. Two guys who annually get paid more money than I will ever see in my lifetime, yet I’ve seen nothing to indicate that a fresh-out-of-Terry MBA grad making peon wages couldn’t do a better job.

    And I get Delany’s frustration over getting iced out of the CFP two seasons in a row, but as usual, he’s helped dig his own grave here. He saw every other major conference adding teams so he went right along with ’em, and in his zeal to get a toehold in the NYC and DC media markets, he picked up two of the weakest programs he could possibly find—and now Ohio State is stuck playing both of them every year, to the detriment of its playoff résumé. It is the very definition of “hustlin’ backwards.”

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  9. Bob

    Its the slippery slope we got on in the Fall of 98. There ain’t no getting off now. Eight will never be enough for the playoff addicts who will never be satisfied until we have NFL Lite. With 8, do Saban and Smart rest guys in a Conference Championship game that is further devalued? March Madness is spectacular for 16 days. The 4 month “regular” season in College Basketball is nothing more than a glorified Spring Training.


  10. Macallanlover

    Yawn, usual scare tactics. Delany may have gotten there for the wrong reasons but good to have some power hitters helping to get this right. But we ain’t sharing a room at the celebration party!

    Eight is great, get on board.