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08:19 AM ET 07.20 | The Penn State abuse scandal may lead to policy change at the top of its conference. I wrote Thursday about a Big Ten proposal that would give Jim Delany, the conference's commissioner, the power to fire rogue coaches. The idea is part of an 18-page plan to strengthen the oversight of athletics in the conference. One person I talked to mentioned another proposal that didn't make it into the document. The idea, which Delany outlined for a Big Ten athletic official during this year's bowl season, would give the commissioner even broader authority to help institutions make coaching decisions. ... [Delany] thought it would be "useful" if he had the authority to make hiring, firing, and evaluation decisions involving football and men's basketball coaches.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

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July 20, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Quite a power reach...

July 20, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Quite a power reach...

But not surprising considering it was Delaney. That's normal for him IMHO.

July 20, 2012  09:12 AM ET

Good grief, Delaney.

July 20, 2012  09:19 AM ET

How will this enhance the institutional control issue at CFB programs? Would Delaney have heard about Sandusky/Paterno sooner than the school did and force a firing? Would the school hand over this information to the Commissioner? If the Commissioner hears about this stuff now, isn't he obligated to report to the school. Isn't he obligated to uphold the integrity of the entire conference, so he should have forced the issue?

I don't get it...

July 20, 2012  09:20 AM ET

Delaney makes about as much sense as a football bat. That's why you don't get it.

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July 20, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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But not surprising considering it was Delaney. That's normal for him IMHO.

Loved responses from b1g coaches.
From Gary Parrish...

"What?" asked one Big Ten coach when I asked if he'd heard the proposal. He subsequently told me he had not. So I explained it. Then he responded.

"Are you f-cking kidding me?" he said.

And that was basically the consensus response.

I spoke with five Big Ten coaches -- both Big Ten head coaches and Big Ten assistants -- about the proposal this afternoon, and none of them thought it made much sense. They didn't want to comment on the record because, you know, it's unwise to publicly mock your league. But they let loose when granted anonymity.

"Penn State had an awful scandal because it had one man [Joe Paterno] who had too much power. Is that right?" one coach asked. "So the way to fix that is to give another man [Delany] too much power? Does that make any sense? It takes some kind of arrogance to even suggest that."

Another coach echoed those thoughts.

"The head coaches should fire the assistant coaches, the athletic directors should fire the head coaches, the presidents should fire the athletic directors, and the boards should fire the presidents," he said. "It's like Bill Belichick's saying -- 'Do your job.' That's the way it should be. We don't need a commissioner trying to do somebody else's job -- especially when a commissioner firing one school's great coach could help make things easier for that school's rival. The whole thing is stupid. How do people even come up with this sh-t?"

July 20, 2012  09:39 AM ET
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Loved responses from b1g coaches.From Gary Parrish..."What?" asked one Big Ten coach when I asked if he'd heard the proposal. He subsequently told me he had not. So I explained it. Then he responded."Are you f-cking kidding me?" he said.And that was basically the consensus response.I spoke with five Big Ten coaches -- both Big Ten head coaches and Big Ten assistants -- about the proposal this afternoon, and none of them thought it made much sense. They didn't want to comment on the record because, you know, it's unwise to publicly mock your league. But they let loose when granted anonymity."Penn State had an awful scandal because it had one man [Joe Paterno] who had too much power. Is that right?" one coach asked. "So the way to fix that is to give another man [Delany] too much power? Does that make any sense? It takes some kind of arrogance to even suggest that."Another coach echoed those thoughts."The head coaches should fire the assistant coaches, the athletic directors should fire the head coaches, the presidents should fire the athletic directors, and the boards should fire the presidents," he said. "It's like Bill Belichick's saying -- 'Do your job.' That's the way it should be. We don't need a commissioner trying to do somebody else's job -- especially when a commissioner firing one school's great coach could help make things easier for that school's rival. The whole thing is stupid. How do people even come up with this sh-t?"

LOL...

Well I'm glad they thoughtfully considered the question and gave a reasonable, politically correct answer.

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July 20, 2012  10:38 AM ET

LOL @ Gary Parrish. He could have left it at just "WHAT?" and that would have said it all.

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July 20, 2012  11:01 AM ET

Hell, why doesn't he just propose getting rid of all the ADs and handle it all himself? Just cut out the middlemen. That'd save the schools some $$.

July 20, 2012  11:04 AM ET
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An article about Jim Delany and Penn State so the picture about the article is Thad Matta and his team? Okay that makes sense.

I thought the same thing...why would Thad Matta be the picture about a commish wanting the ability to fire people....oh wait, isn't Delaney from Indiana? That would mean IU would have a chance against tOSU if Thad wasn't coaching...now the picture is clearing up.

And the notion of a league commish having a say in who is hired for which position is ludicrous! Even so, he only wants this power for football and mens basketball, so I guess who cares about any women's sports, or Dean of Medicine, of Dean of Engineering!

July 20, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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When is tOSU going to fire Gene Smith?

Good question....I thought Gene Smith would have been gone by now! And at this point, I don't care if he is "fired" or is "leaving to spend more time with my family!"

July 20, 2012  11:14 AM ET
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Delaney makes about as much sense as a football bat. That's why you don't get it.

Or left handed tennis rackets

July 20, 2012  11:16 AM ET
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+1.... when is he going to recommend to pOSU to fire Gene Smith

And loudmouth Gordon Gee

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