Believe it or not, the contract for Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was, as of a 2008 announcement, set to expire at the end of this month.
Delany, of course, will be the Big Ten’s commissioner beyond that date. In fact, he’s signed on for another five years. It’s just that no announcement was ever made.
ESPN’s Big Ten blog reached out and received confirmation from the conference that Delany received another contract extension two years ago that will take him through June of 2018.
The Big Ten confirmed to ESPN.com this week that Delany received a contract extension in 2011 that takes him through June 30, 2018. The league’s Council of Presidents/Chancellors approved the extension, but the conference never made a public announcement.
Delany’s been known to take a weird stance on a thing or two — namely threatening to de-emphasize athletics should the Ed O’Bannon plaintiffs win their lawsuit against the NCAA and co-defendants — but he is among the highest paid and most powerful people in all of college athletics. Most importantly, he’s done a great job of bringing in mountains of cash for his league and he’ll oversee another set of TV negotiations in a few years that will be influenced by the additions of Maryland and Rutgers.
Based on that alone, he can stay as long as he wants.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.