Oh man with his retirement, i can't wait to see some of the takes he launches into the atmosphere. He'll have no repercussions! We had a guy retire here last year and he just told management where to go on almost a daily basis up until he left. It was hilarious.
"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best
"I've been disappointed, honestly, with the (committee not properly weighing the) strength of schedule."
Preach it Jim!
A little late.
“Feeling cold is psychological” -Woody
I generally like Delany but it’s interesting that now that he’s getting ready to retire, he’s suddenly willing to go to bat for Big Ten teams to get into the playoff...
Is he really saying that his greatest regret is something that happened 45 years ago? And that he doesn't think freshmen should be eligible? I'd love to see the full quote on that issue.
I'm guessing he was just being political, because we all know the thing he should regret most is either (a) refusing to accept Texas in the early 90's or (b) believing Rutgers has an athletic department...but he can't say either of those without gravely insulting a current B1G team.
Here's his full answer, per the transcript.
Q. You talked about the things you're most proud of. As you get ready to leave office, what's your biggest regret that you didn't get accomplished?
JIM DELANY: That's a good question. We've had a lot of projects that we have succeeded. We've had some projects that really fell on deaf ears. To be honest with you, one thought that I've had for really my whole adult life after leaving North Carolina was that I think -- and this might sound less than true, but it's a true statement. I think we made some real serious mistakes in the '70s that have come to create problems for us. I think one was the loss of the four-year scholarship. One was the loss of the $15 a month laundry, and the other was the loss of freshman ineligibility.
I think that's really expedited everything and hasn't allowed for the full socialization, cultural and academic, for students. I raised that issue about five years ago, and to be honest with you, there was not much of a reaction. It was more of a thud. So I would say some of those areas are issues that have concerned me and I think have concerned a few others but really not enough to kind of move that forward.
Thanks Colin. That's a fascinating answer from him. I can't believe he tried to remove freshmen eligibility 5 years ago and is surprised no one was for that. I don't think I've ever heard or read anyone else ever make a case for freshmen ineligibility in the 30 odd years I've been following football.
That really is an interesting answer. College football has moved way past the point where removing freshman eligibility is viable, but still, the answer to me speaks to a real concern for student-athletes as students and human beings, not just athletes. I don't know what the details were with laundry, but it sounds like maybe an understanding of the fact that students have needs that aren't covered by scholarships.
On transfers: "Sometimes divorce is a good thing in life, in general."
Interesting take there, Lovie.
"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine
There are no happy marriages that end in divorce, only bad ones. Hence, divorce is a good thing
Count me as divided on bowl games or early season games abroad. That’s an NFL move - meaning it was a business decision focusing on making more money in a league full of players, staff and owners who are making more money.
what do the kids get from international games? A free trip abroad? Cool. Can their parents come watch? Maybe. Universities and the NCAA? Cash money.
"Because I couldn't go for three." - Woody Hayes
A bowl game abroad would be an awesome experience for the kids, especially if its a middle to lower tier bowl (and you'd be doing that instead of going to Shreveport or whatever). I'd be totally down with that.
But an early season game sounds questionable.
Mexico City > Shreveport. I mean, it's close...
Not at all for season games in another country. That is a fair bit of travel for the kid. They would probably love it but it would be rough in a season. It would be a business move.
As for a bowl game, that seems more reasonable. I mean there is already a bowl in Hawaii, and that is pretty far (so are their games I guess during the season), but it seems more reasonable for travel. I prefer they just be in the US for the most part though. Maybe Canada or Mexico, as they are not that far either, pending where in those countries.
I think a bowl game abroad would be cool. It would be great for the athletes but it also would expose the uniqueness of college football to other countries: The bands, the chants, the songs, the trophies, etc. I could see it going over well in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand or Japan for starters.
"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer
Matt Millen will be back in the booth this fall after going through a heart transplant. He'll return for Week 1.
Don't love him as a game analyst, but really glad to hear he's healthy enough to go back to work.
My point of view about him did a 180 the more I learned about him.
Not my favorite in the booth but might be one of my favorite storylines that he's back in one this year.
I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.
I Believe In Ohio State.
He's not my favorite either, but I feel like it is his immense passion for the game that interferes with his analysis. And that doesn't bother me.
Elliott dots the eye, on this national championship win.
I don't always agree with Millen and sometimes he says goofy/awkward things but he is part of the fabric of football television at this point, like Lou Holtz. Glad to hear he's recovered.
I guess I missed the original story about the Illinois kid. What a shame, best of luck to him. I hope he pulls a Shazier.
My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom. - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)
A bowl game in Mexico City would be a really cool experience for a college student. Plus, they would have enough travel time to adapt to the altitude.
Minnesota - Winning at Life
In general, Delaney was great for the conference and here's to hoping his replacement does as good of job. The creation of the BTN has done wonders for the Big Ten as a whole, and so has the addition of Rutgers and Maryland (even if they are terrible. All about that moola). I'm also pretty sure he was one of the pioneers in getting instant replay as well.
We consider ourselves a life program, not a football program
So Minnesota is Tennessee now?
Hopefully, soon to be followed in that category by those weasels up north.
Michigan is Minnesota, the only difference’s are; 1/2 a national championship in 1997 and 50,000 seats in the stadium, while the other is located in a metropolis.
I’m so glad to see Jim Delaney go. He said today one of his biggest regrets is that he couldn’t get freshman ineligibility reinstated. Talk about being out of touch! Adios Delaney, thanks for the Maryland and Rutgers dumpster fires.
Did you see the revenue gap between the Big Ten and SEC? Rutgers and Maryland contributed to that.