Doesn't it seem that Delany is sort of pushing the B1G into a position by which it can "let slip the (semi-legitimate) bagmen"? As the power 5 conferences acheive NCAA autonomy (for which Delany has advocated), they are in a position to re-write the rules for full cost of attendance, four-year scholarship guarantees, and any other means of player compensation. With autonomy, there's a tacit admission that pure amateurism is kind of a farce, and once every conference is on board with that line of thinking that opens the doors for institutionalized player compensation, which is a way in which a wealthy conferences can compete with SEC bagmen. That's not to say that the bagman system will be eliminated (it may even be strengthened as the arms race escalates), but it possibly puts wealthy B1G programs in a better position to compete for recruits (particularly those faced with an immediate need to provide for families) that might otherwise be lost to the shadowy SEC bagman underworld.
I'm not necessarily endorsing this way of things nor am I sure it will work, but I do think Delany is a mastermind and I can't help but think he sees autonomy as a way of leveraging the B1G's wealth in recruiting.
speaking of great northern jerk-offs, i really enjoyed the mgoblog meltdown thread re: lindsay.
you know what would be really hot right now? a GIF of any buckeye making a free throw.
cool, it's going to be one of those games where you get to tackle people in the paint. #B1G
i just want to thank that bro for reinforcing every stereotype i've ever had about the fine folks in his neck of the woods.
kewl. so when's the part where Ohio State publicly reprimands the B1G for having been a decade-long anchor to drag?
OH MY GOD THAT'S THE BEST THING ON THE INTERNET AND COMPLETELY AWESOME HOLY SH*T THAT'S INCREDIBLE. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA (deep breath) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA IT'S LIKE A REALLY FAT GUY ON ICE BUT IT'S NOT ICE SO MAYBE HE'S DRUNK OR JUST REALLY AWKWARD ALSO HE'S A GROWN MAN WITH BEATS BY DRE ON AND THEN HE HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
uh...pretty sure the syfy people owe me some royalties. just sayin...
that chair is actually made out of the cartilage of iowa running backs.
fred pagac jr. will provide the security
still holding out for comments on how "this is too political" for 11W. don't let me down, crazies.
agreed, denny! i've always told people that while i love buckeye football, the ohio state university is the most special place in the world to me for reasons that have nothing to do with athletics. there are a lot of things i can point to to illustrate that fact, and now the 'you can play' video is among them. i'm incredibly proud of the hockey program, the athletic department, and the university.
wow, a john winthrop reference. nicely done, sarah!
a history nerd
how about an earth division and a division IN SPAAAACE!
could make for the greatest Maury episode ever.
sometimes the internet is just the best thing ever.
most underrated black keys jam: the lengths
best black keys jam: heavy soul
remember that time the B1G won the very first college football game ever!
BUT GUYS, LOOK AT ALL THE TEEVEESSS!!!
gross is the best word to describe it.
SO MANY TEEEEVEEEEEESSSSSSS! LIKE SO MANY!
i think these could be pretty cool.
exactly. this is why i'm witholding judgment. if we're going on the reasonable assumption that 16-team superconferences are inevitable, then this makes since as step in that direction. if this is a move just to get on basic cable in dc/nova, then it doesn't seem worth it to me. we'll see.
I'll be more convinced of this move's logic when I see what the second phase of the plan is. My brain gets the TV money and academic component of this, but my gut feels like I was at an already cool party, and some lax bros just rolled in.