Another week staring at a blank page, stuck in the vice like grip of writer’s block. Another week saved by the blustering idiocy of Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany.
The madcap Midwesterner has now opined on a lawsuit currently working its way through the legal system, brought by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon, that would allow college athletes to pursue a piece of the broadcast revenues they help generate.
Jim Delany is rightfully outraged. How dare these young whippersnappers ask to be cut in on the action that they actually produce on the field? Delany, ever the paragon of righteousness, has floated the idea that the Big 10 could adopt the Division III model and do away with athletic scholarships.
Such a move makes a lot of sense since the Big 10 has basically adopted a Division III level of play on the football field. Besides, the Big 10 is above such vulgar cash grabs. It’s not like the conference would poach middle of the pack teams from the ACC and Big East such as Maryland and Rutgers just for the New York and DC television markets.
It is obvious that Jim Delany and his Big 10 brethren would be much happier in Division III, until Mount Union started going into Ann Arbor and Happy Valley and winning of course. Division III schools are mainly clustered north of the Mason-Dixon Line, sparing the Big 10 squads from having to play any southern teams as well, which may be Delany’s true motivation for his latest bout of verbal nonsense.