Jim Delany on Big Ten: “We’re as comfortable as we could be.”

  • 09/18/2011 10:55 am in

The Quad: Big Ten Commissioner Says No Change Is Imminent

“Our position is our position,” Delany said. “I don’t think that moves in the SEC or the A.C.C. or Pac-10 or Big 12, haven’t, to date, created an environment that changes our position. We’re as comfortable as we could be. We’re cautious and conservative.”

Delany pointed out how long the Big Ten had remained at 11 universities — before expanding to 12 this year with the addition of Nebraska — and said he did not expect any imminent change, maintaining his stance of “quality over quantity.”

“We want to play each other more, not less,” he said. “We’re working hard through a successful transition of Nebraska. The fact that others have different ideas about size and the number of schools that you have doesn’t affect us. We are where we want to be and have been. I don’t think that Syracuse and Pitt movement, if it turns to be fact, changes our view of ourselves.”

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