As Big Ten fans we have a certain sense of pride that our commissioner, James E. Delany, has huge balls. We're talking massive, gorilla, King Kong elephantiasis balls. You might remember the time when he was negotiating a contract extension with the World Wide Leader in sports. ESPN, thinking Jim was to be toyed with, lowballed him and said: Take it or leave it. If you don't take our offer, you are rolling the dice.
Consider them rolled.
I now present to you a visual representation of the meeting with Jim Delany being played by Gerard Butler and ESPN played by Peter Mensah.
But yesterday...yesterday things got a little weird. Per The Chronicle of Higher Education, a proposal was submitted to Big Ten higher-ups that would (among other things) give Jim Delany the power to fire coaches. To quote:
The proposal, part of a plan being circulated among Big Ten leaders, would give James E. Delany, who has overseen the league since 1989, and a powerful committee of conference presidents the ability to penalize individual members of an institution, should their actions significantly harm the league’s reputation.
The sanctions, spelled out in a document obtained by The Chronicle, could include financial penalties, suspension, or termination of employment.
This proposal has been highly publicized since it became public and one should note that it says "and a powerful committee of conference presidents..." Thus, it wouldn't just be Delany. It would be Delany and this "powerful committee." On the other hand I think it's clear that the committee would bow to Delany's wishes. Why? Because who in the Big Ten doesn't bow to Jim Delany's wishes?
Obviously, this proposal was brought on by the unfortunate series of events occurring at Penn State. Because something like the Penn State scandal has never occurred in the history of intercollegiate athletics, it looks like Delany is trying to take matters into his own hands by turning the Big Ten into a dictatorship. History will tell you that things get done a lot faster when one man has the power to make all of the decisions.
Today it was announced that absolutely no one in the Big Ten was taking this proposal seriously. I think we all saw that coming. To quote the Big Ten via ESPN's B1G Blog:
There have been several reports, stemming from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, that reference certain emergency powers described in a draft document entitled Standards and Procedures For Safeguarding Institutional Control of Intercollegiate Athletics that has been under review by the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors. The draft obtained by the Chronicle was an early draft put together by the Big Ten staff in order to surface all of the options available. The option of giving emergency powers to the Commissioner to fire personnel is not under consideration by the Presidents and Chancellors.
Despite there being no possibility of this happening what are your thoughts? This proposal is unprecedented (to my knowledge) and likely the first in NCAA history. Then again, we've never seen anything like the Penn State scandal in NCAA history. People talk about the death penalty, rules, regulations, precedent and claim the bylaws don't apply. I'd just like to point out that rules, regulations and bylaws can be changed. If you took the NCAA bylaws and applied them to what's going on at Penn State I might agree and say "There's not much you can do here." But this is different. And if you honestly believe the NCAA won't amend or add a new subsection to address the Penn State scandal you could be in for a rude awakening. Links after the jump.
- A Lion Eye profiles DT Austin Teitsma while IlliniHQ profiles DB Earnest Thomas.
- The Crimson Quarry reminisces about Anthony Thompson, the Indiana Hoosier who came the closest to winning the Heisman trophy.
- It hasn't been a good year for Iowa Hawkeyes who signed with the New England Patriots, writes Mike Hlas.
- Marc Morehouse continues profiling Iowa players with offensive tackle Brandon Scherff.
- Michigan is now #2 in ESPN's recruiting rankings, behind none other than USC.
- MGoBlog previews a few of Michigan's opponents and has Wisconsin going 9-3, Penn State going 9-3 and Indiana going 1-11.
- Michigan Stadium is getting a $2.8 million, 48-foot-wide marquee. What's wrong with that?
- Speaking of getting brand new things, Michigan State is getting brand new scoreboards at Spartan Stadium.
- ESPN's B1G Blog breaks down Michigan State's schedule in 2012.
- Husker Extra reminisces on Rex Burkhead's performance against Michigan State last season.
- Nebraska cornerback Braylon Heard has moved to running back.
- The San Diego Charges cut Northwestern alum Luis Castillo, per LTP. I didn't know Luis Castillo was a Northwestern alum. I now hate Luis Castillo.
- Land Grant Holy Land talks watch lists and gives us a few Buckeyes who could be final candidates for end of the year awards.
- Buckeye Empire interviews Phil Steele.
- The City of Grambling, home of Grambling State University, is asking the NCAA to vacate some of Joe Paterno's wins so that former Grambling State Coach Eddie Robinson can once again become Division I football's all time winningest coach. That is why Louisiana is Louisiana.
- BSD talks to SOP. That means Black Shoe Diaries interviewed Sippin' on Purple. Get with the blogspeak people.
- Purdue received a $2 million dollar gift from booster Carl Bimel. Carl Bimel later sobbed and tore his ACL.
- Boiled Sports is counting down for the fall semester/football season.
- Camp Randall Stadium checks in at #2 in the B1G's stadium rankings.
- Madtown Badgers has an interest series titled the College Sports Bucket List. The title should be fairly self explanatory. Anyway, number 47 is the Drake Relays. WOOOOO GOO BULLDOGS.
- The BTN will air next week's B1G Media Days live. Coverage begins at 9AM CT on Thursday, July 26th, and 7AM CT on Friday, July 27th. The link also includes a full schedule.
- MGoBlog previews a few of their opponents and has Wisconsin going 9-3, Penn State going 9-3 and Indiana going 1-11.
Finally, Y U OPEN YOUR MOUTH GARY PINKEL?