Category Archives: Big Ten Football

Is the 2015 Big Ten going to be Jim Delany’s lousy reality TV show?

I don’t know if the SEC East is catching up to the West or not, but based on these odds for winning a conference championship, it’s a damned sight closer to parity than anything the Big Ten’s got going for it.

The programming question for the Big Ten Network:  how soon do you start talking up the national championship?

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Money for nothing.

An Ohio State blogger looks at what Big Ten expansion hath wrought and concludes, outside of jacking up revenues, not a whole lot.

Which, when you think about it, is a conclusion you can draw for all of the P5 conferences.  Not that any of the folks running them could care about what you conclude.

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Today’s haves vs. have nots story

At Middle Tennessee State, head coach Rick Stockstill proposes that he forego a $100K raise for a few years to make sure the school can afford to pay for the cost of attendance stipends.

Meanwhile, Christmas comes early in Happy Valley.

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The cockiest people in college football?

Jim Harbaugh’s grabbing post-camp commitments in Alabama.  His staff is smack talking Ohio State assistants.

You gotta say Michigan doesn’t lack for moxie right now.  Imagine how insufferable it’ll get if they actually beat OSU.

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The Big Ten BS, it burns.

How ’bout this as a dramatic lede?

No league gets its people on the same page quite like the Big Ten.

Only somebody forgot to tell Ohio State AD Gene Smith to keep his honesty to himself.

“Things are so different. I’ve moved away from the amateurism,” Smith said. “I never call our athletes amateurs anymore.”

So much for “cohesion is a fundamental requirement”.

Not that it matters.  Check out the latest spin on The Year of Readiness:

The Big Ten floated the “year of readiness” plan mostly as a ploy to get people focused on discussing more academic and student-welfare issues, or what Glass called “less controversial and more doable” reforms.

The thing is, cohesive or not, why should anybody take what’s coming out of their mouths at face value?

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Jim Delany’s tactical retreat

It’s stunning to think that no one outside the Big Ten has joined Jim Delany’s Merrie Crusade to bring back freshman ineligibility.  I mean, he wrote a 12-page paper on it!  Here’s a guy whose entire career has been devoted to sweet reason and the world just gives him the back of its hand.  If only it was Karl Benson alone he had to convince.

But, alas, such is not the case.  Selling dumb ideas is hard work.  So what do you do when it’s not working?  That’s pretty obvious:  you change the label.

Three months after the league created waves with its reintroduction of debate over a practice eliminated more than 40 years ago, commissioner Jim Delany is backing away from serious talk about his “A Year of Readiness” document.

“That is not a proposal,” Delany said Wednesday. “It may never be a proposal. But is a great pivot point to have this discussion.”

What discussion?  Nobody’s talking to you about freshman ineligibility, Big Jim.

“The most important thing is there be a discussion about how prepared the student is,” Delany said, “how the school accommodates that preparedness and how it all works.

“There’s no simple answer. There’s no one answer. This is not an answer standing by itself. And it’s not ready. It’s not mature enough to be a proposal. If it were, it would be a proposal. Instead, it’s an effort to encourage a discussion about the importance of education. And it’s happening, so for that, we’re happy.”

Well, I’m glad you’re happy, because it sounds like not even everyone in the Big Ten was on board with your proposal pivot point.

“It’s really a discussion piece,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said. “I think it’s a good thing. I’m personally not sure I’m a fan of [freshmen ineligibility] ultimately, but I’m a fan of having the conversation. I’m a fan of talking about ways to make sure academics is front and center.

“I think it begs a broader conversation about other ways we could make a student who plays sports have a more college-like experience.”

Meaning the student-athlete isn’t exactly having one now, Fred?  Sounds like another pivot point coming in 3… 2… 1…

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“I don’t think [satellite camps] are objectionable.”

Read this story, and give me the over/under on the number of months it takes for the SEC to rescind its prohibition on satellite camps.

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