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Delany, Big Ten ‘pleased’ with playoff approval

Jim Delany AP

Or, I suppose, what was already known for the last month or so, but officially given the stamp of approval by the Presidential Oversight Committee yesterday.

Some important details of a four-team playoff are still largely unknown, namely revenue distribution and access, but we do know the three-game event will consist of six bowl games rotating as hosts of the semifinals with the championship game will be bid out separately.

Once a leading member of the “anti-playoff party”, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said he’s happy with the outcome from yesterday’s meeting in Washington D.C.

“The Big Ten Conference is pleased with the decision made by the presidential oversight committee to implement a four-team playoff for college football. We feel that this system will protect the regular season, preserve the tradition of bowl games and further enhance the Big Ten’s partnership with the Pac-12 and Rose Bowl while simultaneously allowing for great innovation. It was a great day for college football student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans.” 

And, really, that’s all Delany (or, perhaps, the presidents/chancellors whom he serves) ever really wanted: preserve the Rose Bowl relationship and the regular season. The four-team playoff was inevitable — the Big Ten admitted as much this month — but the Big Ten got much of what it wanted.

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15 Responses to “Delany, Big Ten ‘pleased’ with playoff approval”
  1. deadeye says: Jun 27, 2012 2:21 PM

    Everyone got part of what they wanted, and no one got everything they wanted. This new system was indeed a compromise.

  2. drummerhoff says: Jun 27, 2012 2:26 PM

    The “important details of a four-team playoff are still largely unknown, namely revenue distribution and access…”

    Until this is known, it not possible to say “the Big Ten got much of what it wanted” or know who are the losers in this new order.

    Afterall, the only reason the Predients did a complete 180 on a playoff is money. So until we have the answers to distribution and access, let hold off on the politicking.

  3. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jun 27, 2012 2:51 PM

    Hopefully they don’t put Delany in charge of coming up with names for the semi-final games.

  4. foreverlsu says: Jun 27, 2012 2:53 PM

    Sure Delany, let’s go with that. You may want to tell Harvey “Plus-one” Pearlman to put a sock in his mouth and a smile on his face to sell this though.

    Don’t forget you were the one that was against Mike Slive and the SEC four years (championships) ago. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.

  5. Deb says: Jun 27, 2012 3:23 PM

    @foreverlsu …

    Ooh … well said!

  6. ndnut says: Jun 27, 2012 4:00 PM

    I live in Big Ten territory so I am allowed to say this: The Rose Bowl doesn’t matter that much anymore! The game was made up because the Big Ten and PAC-10 were the only two major conferences without Conference Championship Games. Now that we have that, we are all good without it.

  7. crindal3000 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:19 PM

    Neb. AD Harvey Perlman isn’t happy with this out come one bit but at least it keeps R. Brown out of the news.

  8. thetooloftools says: Jun 27, 2012 4:36 PM

    Yea.. and The Big Ten will be thrilled when it has it’s championship game and an undefeated team loses to a team with one loss and neither one makes it into the playoff series. Trust me. That could easily happen to the Big Ten.

  9. palmbeachbuckeye says: Jun 27, 2012 4:50 PM

    Dear NDNUT, You have your facts completely wrong. The Rose Bowl began in 1902 as an exhibition between the best team in the east vs the best team in the west. It later became the first “Bowl Game” and featured the Big-10 vs Pac-10 Champions. NO ONE had a conference Championship game until the 1990’s… Now, with that being said you can take your propoganda back to South Bend and continue to decline invitations to the Big 10 and become more irrelevant than you are right now. ND cannot survive much longer without joining a conference and 1/3 of your scheduled is already made up of Big-10 Teams.

  10. sportsdang5 says: Jun 27, 2012 4:57 PM

    @ NDNUT

    You actually are not allowed to say that just b/c you “live” in Big Ten country. Nice try. You are a Notre Dame fan, with no affiliation to either one of the conferences so your feeling on what the Rose Bowl stands for, frankly…doesn’t mean squat to anybody.

    As palmbeachbuckeye said, you have your facts 100% wrong and don’t know how it actually got started. The Rose Bowl absolutely does mean something still, even with a championship game.

    I’m happy there is now a playoff – college football needed that badly!! But I’m also happy existing relationships will be kept to preserve some history while also transitioning into a brighter future.

  11. Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing says: Jun 27, 2012 5:20 PM

    Notre Dame is what doesn’t matter anymore.

  12. ndnut says: Jun 27, 2012 8:17 PM

    Nice to know screeners don’t allow self defense. I was a Minnesota fan until last year when my uncle hooked me on ND. I know I said it started that way but I meant that that was the only reason Delany protected it until recently.

  13. ndnut says: Jun 27, 2012 8:18 PM

    Also, I support any move by ND into the Big Ten.

  14. dmcgrann says: Jun 27, 2012 8:29 PM

    I don’t live in “Big 10 country”, though I get three Big 10 channels (and The Longhorn Network, for unknown reasons), but I do have a heap of family members who do live in “Big 10 country”, and believe me, the Rose Bowl means a lot to them – almost to the point of mattering more than anything else. Sometimes I even believe that they’d rather see their team go to the Rose Bowl than participate in a playoff, especially if they believe that they’d have the odds stacked heavily against them playing a team not from the Pac-10 and not in Pasadena.

  15. halbert53 says: Jun 28, 2012 12:09 AM

    Years ago, bowl games were good. But as more and more conferences aligned with bowl slots, bowls had less flexibility to schedule the games people wanted to see. My main concern about the new playoff system are that not all conferences have a conference championship game, and secondly if more than one team comes from a conference, those teams should be on opposite sides of the bracket. CWS illustrates. All the SEC teams were on one side of the bracket. It was like SEC tournament all over again. Why not put some of them in the West bracket and some of the West teams in the East bracket. That way we would get to see games between teams that we normally don’t see, instead of same old same old.

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