Big Ten Media Days: Jim Delany Defends NCAA

Jim Delany would've preferred to talk about Nebraska joining the Big Ten, academics, and the Rose Bowl, but of course he was asked many a question about Penn State.

He "doesn't care" if the NCAA's ruling against Penn State, which went against typical NCAA protocol, establishes a precedent. Nor does he care if the NCAA technically had legal jurisdiction to do what it did. The NCAA and Big Ten "had a moral authority" to act swiftly and harshly against PSU, the Big Ten commissioner alleged. If the NCAA hadn't gone hard, the Big Ten would've, he indicated.

As for that report that he was looking into obtaining the power to fire a member school's coaches, which was resoundingly hooted at last week, Delany referred back to that moment last year when Penn State had fired its president, but had a coach telling the Board of Trustees not to fire him.

He didn't sound all that excited by the idea of Big Ten teams taking Penn State players, but said the decision to allow in-conference transfers came down to doing what's best for players. He said the rules for "Illinois and Missouri" should be the same as for Rutgers and Pittsburgh, and we might need to check on exactly which conference Mizzou is joining this year.

However, Delany notes Penn State's still a full member with full voting rights.

Elsewhere, Delany declared "the Rose Bowl needs to evolve," which sounds great, but when that evolution includes playing a part in the first-ever Division I-A playoff, it's not really hard to agree to. He lamented the death of the Pac-12 scheduling series, said the conference is going to stay at eight games, and hoped for quality out-of-conference games soon to help boost strength of schedule.

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