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B1G commish expects governance model to pass

Jim Delany

College football continues to evolve and one of the game’s primary power players foresees a major change in the game coming in the next few days.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany fully expects his conference, along with the rest of the “Big 5” conferences, to be granted more autonomy once the NCAA Division I board of directors votes Aug. 7 on a new governance model.

“I do think it’ll pass and capture the autonomy issues that are important to us in assisting student-athletes in the 21st century in ways that make sense,” Delany said during his speech at Big Ten media days, according to The Columbus Dispatch’s Todd Jones. “I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t pass.”

With more autonomy, the schools within the Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC can address a glaring issues in college football…extra stipends to fully cover the cost of tuition.

The vote will be made with the lingering threat of the power conferences renouncing their NCAA affiliations if it doesn’t pass.

“If we do not achieve a positive outcome under the existing big tent of Division I, we will need to consider the establishment of a venue with similar conferences and institutions where we can enact the desired changes in the best interests of our student‑athletes,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said during SEC media days.

Delany wasn’t as demonstrative as Slive when asked what the conferences will do if the model isn’t passed, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of a potential mutiny.

“If it doesn’t (pass), I don’t really know what we’d do,” Delany said. “I expect there would probably be conversations within each conference, we’d huddle up, and then see where we’re at.”

When Delany and Slive speak, people listen.

“Mike Slive and Jim Delany don’t make their comments without the support of the individual institutions, which means the presidents have signed off on it,” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith told The Columbus Dispatch on July 18. “So each conference in the top five has gone through a process to get agreement from the presidents that if these things aren’t in place, at the vote, then we have to look at a different structure.”

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8 Responses to “B1G commish expects governance model to pass”
  1. dmarado says: Jul 28, 2014 6:33 PM

    What does the NCAA do again?

  2. lbijake says: Jul 28, 2014 7:59 PM

    It definitely overpays it’s president.

  3. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 28, 2014 9:42 PM

    Lol. Im waiting for legislation to pass that the Little 10 i.e. Little 14, only gets 3 Bowl invites, considering they are 10-22 in the last 4 Bowl season. This conference is a joke.

    2013 2-5
    2012 2-5
    2011 4-6
    2010 2-6 * Ohio State forfeited their bowl win because of tattoo gate

  4. w102pbh says: Jul 28, 2014 11:09 PM

    @brownsmakemecrazy, everyone has a right to their opinion, but hold that in high regard and tight to your chest, because your moniker suggests otherwise… Who cares about a “once” a year game, except the NC, anybody has a chance to win…

  5. musketmaniac says: Jul 29, 2014 12:29 AM

    The B1G reminds me of penis envy. Ohio state grew one now everybody else thinks they should have one. Penn state misused theirs. And everybody over the age of 50 wants to tell you how elite and powerful their wrinkly one used to be. total phallus worshipping. didn’t aerosmith sing of their Big ten inch.

  6. brownsmakemecrazy says: Jul 29, 2014 6:39 AM


    Yeah who cares that the Little 14 cant beat good teams, yet constantly get 8-10 bowl bids every year. Seems that if any team had the poor track record of this joke of a conference, there would be an adjustment to their bowl bids. Makes perfect sense to me. Yet the Little 10 fans every year brag about how tough their conference is and how good their teams are, the conference is awful. Its one notch above the MAC.

    If it happened one year out of 4, i would call that a fluke. But when it happens almost every year, thats called a trend.

    The so called stalwart of the conference Suckeye State doesnt even have a winning bowl record in their history, but they are good right? Lmao. Who cant go undefeated beating the scrubs they play, Navy oooo theres a tough game, Kent State, oooo they are a perennial powerhouse, Va Tech hasnt been relevant in 15 yrs. nice schedule.

    But they will be 13-0 and their myopic fans will brag how great they are, when you dont play anyone in or out of conference, that means you are a fraud.

  7. watchfullhose says: Jul 29, 2014 12:37 PM

    Every single big ten thread has this jamoke up in here complaining about SOMETHING.

    Crazy – No one wants to read the rantings of a 12-year old. Now go outside and eat your Popsicle, punk!

  8. huskerzfan says: Jul 29, 2014 3:16 PM

    It is truly hilarious how every thread involving the Big 10 turns into blowhards talking about how bad the Big 10 is and how they need to quit bragging about how great they are.

    First off, I don’t see any Big 10 fans on here or on many national sites bragging about how great the Big 10 has been. We all know it needs to get better and more competitive with the SEC.

    Problem is, so does everybody else.

    Many give SEC fans flack for being nut swingers. The reality is the rest of the country swings off their nuts as well when talking down the Big 10.

    In the last 4 years, the SEC owns the following records over these conferences:

    Big 12: 29-17
    ACC: 24-12
    Pac 12: 5-3

    And in the last 4 years, the Big 10 is a cumulative 28-29 against the ACC, Big 12, and Pac 12.

    So if the Big 10 sucks, I guess the other Power 5 conferences not named the SEC suck as well.

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