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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  • Anonymous

    To expand on Bill’s list, here’s the AAU member schools by conference with upcoming changes:

    ACC: 6 – Duke, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia 

    Big East: 1 – Rutgers

    Big Ten: 11 – All but Nebraska, who was kicked out after Big Ten decision

    Big 12: 5 – Iowa State, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Texas A&M

    Pac 10: 8 – Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington

    SEC: 2 – Florida, Vanderbilt

    Mid-Major: 3 – Buffalo, Rice, Tulane

  • Anonymous

    Actually, both are AAU members. Therefore, both would fit the bill from that standpoint.

  • Anonymous

    I think strictly location wise iowa state and west virginia would be solid

  • Anonymous

    I will add, I think the ACC was desperate and had to make the move.  I still think the SEC makes a run on Virginia Tech, Clemson, Miami, or Florida State.  VT and Clemson are by far the biggest football earners in that conference.
    While else did the ACC raising the exit fees at this time?  The Big Ten and SEC haven’t raised their fees, they know no one is leaving and thus it’s moot.

  • jgon86

    University of Chicago baby.  Lets bring back an original member of the big ten.  They might have to build a football program, but hey it elevates our prestige.  
    Also if we were interested in Maryland, why not go after Georgetown?  Just thinking outside the box.
    My ideal order would be
    1. ND
    2. Texas 
    3. Georgetown
    4. U. of Chicago.

  • Anonymous

    I assume, given your Chicago reference, you’re also joking about Georgetown since they don’t play D-I football.