Washington Post has an article detailing the process and negotiations that brought Maryland to the Big Ten.
A couple points I found interesting:
- Jim Delany definitely discussed the new Big Ten division format with Maryland. In my opinion, the Big Ten office already has a plan for new divisions, and this new survey is just a front to make fans think our input is actually being considered.
- Maryland is getting money front-loaded in the deal to address their debt crisis unlike Nebraska who had their share increase incrementally over several years to full share.
- Once the story started breaking, the deal moved fast. Brandon left the last meeting with Delany not knowing a deal was imminent.
Jim Delany is still terrible.
Rutgers lost today, 27-6 to a terrible Pittsburgh team.
Maryland is up at the half, but they are still a 4-7 team.
You suck, Jim Delany.
Jim Delany killed iCarly, and I don't even know what an iCarly is. Maybe it's a prototype human robot, probably created with Michigan research. But Jim Delany killed it.
Why was Michigan/Ohio State at noon? Why was it not at 3:30?
Was it to keep Ohio State fans off the streets after sunset, a likely story?
Or was it to play The Game before Al Borges woke up? Well, trick question, Al DID wake up. Before falling asleep again, but he's on to you, Jim Delany.
Because who scheduled this Game for noon? Jim Delany.
If Jim Delany were a kitchen utensil, he would be a sieve. Because it's all your fault, Jim Delany. All your fault.
We want moooooore goals.
EDIT: as per everything Jim Delany, this post is sponsored by Barbasol, avocados, and Generic Farm Implements.
After a long day of using your Generic Farm Implements, why not kick back with a shave and some avocaodes? Or why not farm some avocadoes, then shave? You could even shave your cattle, feed them avocadoes, and then ride around on your farm implements. The combinations truly are endless.
But no matter how many variables and things you throw in, make sure to divide them with Michigan and Ohio State in separate groups. Thank you.
We will return to "Big Ten Icons: Tom Osbourne" in a second.
Something that just came across twitter from College Hockey News that has me thinking:
"You thought last offseason was "college hockey Apocalypse"? .. now imagine Penn State getting booted from Big Ten ..."
Now I still am skeptical that the B1G will boot Penn State...but lets just assume for a moment that they do. Then all hell breaks loose in the world of College Hockey:
If PSU gets booted, there are only 5 Big Ten teams remaining in D1 hockey...not enough to form a conference. Where do these teams go? Do they stay together and try to get in the NCHC? Do they try to get in the WCHA? Do they go into survival mode and try to get in where they can at the expense of fellow B1G schools? The other conferences would have all the leverage over the B1G schools.
This is a very unlikely situation...I don't see it happening. However, all these reports about different organizations deciding how to drop proverbial bombs on PSU could cause another crazy summer(s) in the world of college hockey.
I think this is a very interesting what if scenario. What do you think would happen?
So Jim Delany is a nut job. This is an e-fact. Apparently his friends in the other conference are also nut jobs (this is not news). His idea of a playoff system includes the Rose Bowl (Pac12 vs. B1G) as a separate game that could theoretically count as a semifinal game. This is a horrible idea even if it benefits the B1G.
This is one of the "finalists" for the "playoff" that FBS football is moving to.
Jason Kirk runs through scenarios from the past few years. (also contains a link to the proposal) here: http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-football/2012/4/4/2925390/rose-bowl-college-football-playoffs
So, yesterday night, Wetzel tweeted this jem:
Sugar: Michigan-Va Tech. Remember Delany went to wall for Sugar, got Pryor et al eligible. No way going to make UM play Boise. Quid pro quo
He's offered absolutely no, like, EVIDENCE of this scratching of our back, but Scott Van Pelt has been jumping all over it claiming it sounds totally reasonable, which is now turning into all the Boise fans taking it as gospel, and that Hoke and Michigan are cowards, even though Wetzel himself claims no knowledge on Michigan's part of the alledged freezeout.
First, Wetzel is obsessed with Delany. He sees him as the #1 opponent to a cfb playoff and tweets/writes about him once a week minimum. Second, the logic is all off: if the Sugar Bowl was doing the B1G a favor by avoiding a lose-lose scenario with a mid-major, than doesn't that mean Boise would've been better for the Sugar Bowl (as in a better traveling fanbase)? No one claims that. So how can it be both (a) in the Sugar Bowl's best financial interest to book Va Tech, and (b) something they did solely to please Wetzel? What a ridiculous story. Boise fans are going ape over it though, and trashing both Va Tech/Michigan.
The Chicago Tribune article talks about how Delany rejected a lowball offer by ESPN for a contract extension, thereby forcing them to consider their own network. Money Quote:
Delany told the Tribune. "He lowballed us and said: 'Take it or leave it. If you don't take our offer, you are rolling the dice.' I said: 'Consider them rolled.' "
Oh Jim Delany, way to be.
Edit: There's also this bit of trolling from Delany
In 2006, Delany went back to the negotiating table with Wildhack and executives George Bodenheimer and John Skipper. They hammered out a 10-year, $1 billion deal for roughly 40 football and 60 men's basketball games. Another 35 to 36 football games and more than 100 men's basketball games went to the BTN, which launched Aug. 30, 2007.
Feeling emboldened, Delany sent a package to Shapiro that included champagne and a note. Shapiro said the note read: "See, I did it."