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That's what he said: Jim Delany

May 18, 2010, 8:09 PM EDT

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany addressed a throng of media, discussing the preliminary exploration of Big Ten expansion during the conference’s annual spring meeting.
Here’s what he said: (My comments to follow)


This certainly doesn’t sound like a guy who is playing from a position of strength, as we were all lead to believe over the past few months, with the mighty Goliath, The Big Ten Network, guiding the charge.

“We may not expand, or we may expand,” Delany said. “If we do, it will be the result of a very thorough set of studies that touch on competitive aspects, the educational fit and it would have to be fiscally sound.”

And while we were all lead to believe that schools like Notre Dame, Texas, and a school like Rutgers or Syracuse were in consideration, it’s really the population shift into the Sun Belt that has the Big Ten licking its chops.

“In the last 20 to 30 years, there’s been a clear shift into the Sun Belt, and that has demographic meaning long term, with the economy, jobs, the recruitment of students, the recruitment of athletes,” Delany said.

Ahh…. So it’s the Sun Belt Delany and the Big Ten are after, not teams like Notre Dame or schools in mega-media markets like New York, Philadelphia, or Boston. What are we to believe next, that the Big Ten isn’t interested in a conference championship game?

Apparently so.

“We’re not looking to achieve a championship game,” Delany added. “That’s not our motivation. If it was, we could have done that many times over the past 20 years.”

And so the quest for Big Ten expansion is back to its regularly scheduled 12 to 18 month timetable, and we’re left to try and determine what just happened to the Big Ten juggernaut that was about to swallow Notre Dame whole.


  1. ugetwutuask4 - May 18, 2010 at 11:38 PM

    Great article K.A. I agree whole heartedly, Mr. Swarbrick played this whole situation early on in the game and it payed off. I don’t know if the NCAA did what was right by not giving him the president’s chair but I’m certainly glad he remained in South Bend. Great job in the coaching search and hats off to how he’s handled the Big Ten’s attempt to checkmate and monopolize our university. What a joke!!!
    Keep Fighting Independently ND!

  2. Taylor - May 19, 2010 at 1:25 AM

    Great read, Keith…I am a ND fan that wouldn’t mind moving into a conference, if it were right for the school.(I’m also an ND fan that supports the push for a jumbo-tron at the stadium. Heresy, I know..)But I am really glad that Jack Swarbrick didn’t jump into any situation because of speculations and rumors. With the search for a coach and the talk of expansion, Swarbrick has shown a real ability to take on large projects while giving ND athletics the best possible outcome.
    Keep up the great work.

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