Jim Delany, Doing His Best To Sabotage The Big Ten Since 2009

↵In the aftermath of Tate Forcier ascending to the ceiling of the ↵Sistine Chapel by leading a dramatic game-winning drive against Notre Dame, ↵Charlie Weis made sure everyone knew he wasn't ↵complaining about the officiating, but he saw Armando Allen's recalled ↵touchdown "thousands" of times and couldn't discern whether he ↵stepped out or not, and oh by the way all those holding calls were bogus ↵and one of Michigan's players punched one of our warrior-poets. But he's ↵not complaining. ↵

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↵Absolutely no ↵ ↵one bought ↵any of this this, especially the last bit about the punch, except Big ↵Ten commissioner Jim Delany. Delany's never met an opportunity to ↵embarrass himself and his conference in public that he didn't like. (Remember ↵when he released ↵a letter claiming the SEC's academic standards were wack? Even if ↵that's true, you're the commissioner of the Big Ten. You're not ↵supposed to say anything except "we like the Rose Bowl.") He ↵took the unprecedented step of suspending Jonas Mouton for the Eastern ↵Michigan game. He did this on Thursday at 4 p.m., after Michigan had ↵finished its practices for the week, and issued a statement about ↵Mouton's act "not having any place in football" when similar ↵things happen in about 50 percent of games every weekend. ↵

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↵Rodriguez was annoyed, obviously, and wanted to make sure his team ↵was not singled out for approbation, so he said ↵this: ↵

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↵⇥"I will tell you my conversation with the commissioner, we will watch ↵⇥every Big Ten game very closely and every non-football act, a six-inch ↵⇥jab or anything that is not called for in the game of football, we're ↵⇥going to ask that that person gets the same type of punishment that ↵⇥Jonas Mouton got," Rodriguez said. "I'm sure the league would do ↵⇥that." ↵
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↵Then Purdue offensive lineman Zach Reckman did this on the last play ↵of Purdue's loss to Northern Illinois: ↵

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↵Guy is down, game is over, and that's a cheapshot. Should it draw a ↵one-game suspension? Absolutely not. But it did, because of Delany's ↵aforementioned knack for horrible PR. Danny Hope is ↵ticked ↵off.
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↵⇥"Well, really he [Rodriguez] should worry about his own team," Hope ↵⇥said Sunday. "I didn't think Zach Reckman's play at the end of the game ↵⇥was all that vicious. ... I'm sure it's going to be brought up and we'll ↵⇥address it. I don't think he should have gone in there and jumped on ↵⇥that guy at the end of the play, but maybe he was hoping the ball would ↵⇥come loose. He was just trying to give us a chance to win." ↵
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↵Guess who Purdue's got this weekend? Notre Dame. Charlie Weis's ↵petulant post-game (not) complaining, which challenged the ↵professionalism of the Big Ten's referees and was rewarded by the ↵conference's commissioner, came around to get a Purdue offensive line ↵starter suspended. This karma, Jim Delany. It is telling you to never ↵say anything to the media again. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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