Why does it seem like every time Jim Delany wants to start a conversation about something, the inevitable result is to screw somebody else over?
“I agree a conference should not have to expand in order to have a championship game,” Delany told ESPN.com. “That wouldn’t be right. That’s tail wagging dog. On the other hand, I want to have some familiarity — some knowledge as to how these things are going to play out. I don’t want unintended consequences. I don’t want to wake up one morning and see some odd structure that’s unfamiliar.
“We don’t think he should have to expand to have the same option we have,” Delany said, “but we feel he should have a structure similar to ours.”
The Big Ten’s amendment calls for championship games to be between two members that are divisional champions. Deregulation opens the possibility of having the top two teams in the league play each other without divisions.
Not that I disagree with him here. The idea of a championship game for a conference without divisions… what’s the point? Okay, okay, what’s the competitive point? We know the reasons conferences like the Big 12 are jonesing for this are to manipulate the selection committee and make a few extra bucks. But it’s a spectacularly pointless move for a conference that plays a round robin schedule, like Bob Bowlsby’s.
If Bowlsby winds up getting his way on this – admittedly, Delany’s just made that a lot harder – I truly hope the Big 12’s first championship game winds up knocking out its one school that had a clear shot at the playoffs.