The Big Ten yearns to own two regions, which would be unprecedented for a collegiate conference.
Rutgers just can’t get out of its own way.
If you add schools out East, you need to embrace the region. And the Big Ten has already.
Don’t give in to the scare tactics of the leaders of college sports.
The Big Ten has sent 18 teams to the Final Four in the last quarter century but has just one champion.
Wins often equate to power in sports, but that’s not all.
The Tim Beckman hire was a mistake and everybody has known it since his first press conference.
In 2006, when Indianapolis beat out Chicago for exclusive rights to host the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament from 2008-12, conference commissioner Jim Delany expressed his hope that a fixed location would help boost attendance for his league’s hoops extravaganza.
College football seems to just keep getting bigger.
From the get-go, the names fit like a small-sized helmet on an XL-sized head. Awkwardly. And now, it’s time for the Big Ten to send “Legends” and “Leaders” on their way. Mercifully.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany expects the new college football playoff to be finalized by Jan. 1, but he ruled out the possibility of the new four-team tournament starting next season.
It passed on the Big Ten’s TV millions. It passed on aligning itself with the familiarity of many of its most traditional rivals. And it passed on the region where its campus is based – although some Fighting Irish fans might tell you that, you know, Notre Dame doesn’t really reside here in the Midwest.
At Big Ten Media Days this week, much discussion swirled around the controversial topic of recruiting current Penn State players, who were who were essentially declared “free agents” by NCAA president Mark Emmert as part of PSU’s sweeping sanctions.
Beckman confirmed Thursday that he had eight coaches camped out at a State College restaurant outside the Penn State campus Wednesday.
Without a doubt, the Big Ten’s other schools and their fan bases – along with every college in the country – need to reassess their priorities in the wake of the Penn State disaster.
The Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting that the Big Ten is considering a plan to give its commissioner the power to fire coaches in the wake of the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal.
While most of the conversation right now is about how the NCAA should punish Penn State, there’s a different organization that has been laying low and has the power to take action: the Big Ten.
The Big Ten and Pac-12 have scrapped plans to schedule games against each other in all sports, with Pac-12 officials saying there were too many complications with football schedules to pull it off.
Big Ten administrators would prefer a plus-one system over a four-team playoff to determine a national champion if the BCS can’t be maintained in its current form.
If the Big Ten athletic directors are any indication, they are going to find a way to mess this up.