Just to be clear- this is NOT a rumor.
But, with Jim Delany's comments at the Big Ten Media days and carnival, doesn't it seem like he's making a subtle move to become NCAA commish when Mark Emmert's reckoning finally comes (albeit in the form of a contract buy out or something).
The man does have a pretty good resume, what with the Big Ten Network's success, instant replay, and being the major force behind conference expansion. Of course, that latter point might be his biggest mark against him, too. I am not sure there is anyone more qualified-- which
Delany's four-point plan came in advance of any comments he made about NCAA president Mark Emmert, who has been criticized by his colleagues in other conferences over the past two weeks...
"There's been a lot said about Mark Emmert," Delany said. "My view is Mark has done some good things and Mark has made some mistakes. Let me tell you this: Running the NCAA is real challenging.
"Most of the problems we see today preceded Mark Emmert, so the fundamental challenges to institutions and conferences and the NCAA were here before Mark Emmert walked in the door."
Delany also touched on the NCAA's scrutinized enforcement group, telling ESPN.com that the group has been "a lightning rod within a lightning rod." As a former NCAA investigator, he plans to study the situation further and provide some suggestions going forward.
"I would like to see the people who make the mistakes pay the price and see the institution pay a lesser price," Delany said. "I would like to see it clearer when an institution is in jeopardy on institutional control that that's reserved for the worst of the worst. And I want to make sure if you make a mistake, there's a process. ... We should be able to communicate better which are the major [infractions] and which are the not so major ones."