Big Ten commish Jim Delany talking about same old ‘change’
BY SETH GRUEN Staff Reporter July 28, 2014 9:58PM
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany talks to the media during the Big Ten Football Media Day in Chicago, Monday, July 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Updated: July 28, 2014 10:03PM
We’ve seen this Jim Delany before. Not that it gets old seeing the same Big Ten commissioner give the final address of Day 1 of Big Ten Media days.
It’s just that Monday’s anthem sounded all too familiar.
Delany, among the most powerful men in intercollegiate athletics, seemed to be crowing about the same issues Monday he did a year ago.
He’s long time proponent of increasing. Heard that last year. He talked about the NCAA governance model, lawsuits and NCAA enforcement issues. Nothing new there either.
We can give the commish somewhat of a break. He was prompted by questions on a lot of these issues. But the fact that they were asked tells us as much as the repetitive answers: The NCAA continues to spin its wheels.
That part, of course, is much less Delany’s fault.
But maybe he could have been better served just simplifying what sounded like a complicated diatribe. He’s looking to change the way the NCAA has behaved for decades.
Not saying that’s easy, but sometimes a little blunt language, even some confrontation can help change.
Five times during his podium session that lasted some 30 minutes, Delany used the word “change.” It’s hard to see what else had changed from last year other than his shirt and tie.