Hoke was top notch at this aspect of his job.
Great article from ElevenWarriors about the long-term powerhouses Delany and Scott are creating while we mere mortals get all whiney about the playoff scenarios...
Thx to user mgm 05 who doesn't have the points but posted this in another thread.
So prepare for a Michigan vs. Oregon weekend festival in Ann Arbor or Eugene with their field hockey, soccer and women's volleyball teams playing each other, culminating on Saturday at the Big House or Autzen Stadium when the helmets meet in the main event. Similar festivities will also happen in Columbus, Los Angeles, Bloomington, Tempe, Minneapolis and the Bay Area.
Football is and was the breadwinner for athletic departments; it's the black line on the balance sheet that cancels out the slew of red lines beneath it. Under this agreement it becomes the yeoman for larger attractions and more consumers while creating efficiencies in everything from transportation costs to promotional activities.
And it will happen with everyone watching on the two most profitable and extensive college networks in the country.
EDIT: Just saw that Brian linked to this article at the bottom of today's UV. His comment:
Can we stop giving credit to Jim Delany's amazing foresight when the conference he's piloting has won two national titles in fifty years?
My feeling is that this article puts some perspective on what the reasoning might be for both Delany's recent comments and how the B1G/Pac12 alliance ultimately benefits. Whether you agree with Delany or not, there's a lot of substance here. Also, yes, our conference should be winning more than 2 national titles in 50 years...
BREAKING: Pac-12 and Big Ten enter scheduling agreement. All 12 teams playing an inter-league football game starting 2017.
More information sure to be forthcoming but this has been picked up by a lot of people and could very well be the big news expected today.
Personally I think this is a great move for both conferences to get some high-profile home/away games going in a B1G-ACC Challenge type format.
Edit: Link for more info. Big items:
- Cross-Promoting each other's stuff on the conference tv networks
- Football not the only sport to be involved
- May keep B1G at 8-game conference schedule, per Delany
As was posted on the board below, the Big Ten removed Joe Paterno's name from the Big Ten championship trophy today.
In other league championship trophy news, the Pac-12 continued to be the Pac-12 and got all abstract and futuristic with their new trophy. Fortunately for fans of yonic symbols and sculpture, the artist took inspiration from the object that inspires men to race cars, build bridges, fight wars:
I wish I were an artist so I could make profound and deep statements about my sculpture when inside I know I just made the same thing a 15-year old boy would make if commissioned to design the trophy.
Tell me that football isn't suspiciously placed. Larry Scott even took marketing to the next level by branding the bean. Have you no shame, Larry?