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Jim Delany talks accountability

Posted on: July 28, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 9:12 pm
CHICAGO -- Jim Delany says he has been involved in 40 infractions cases between his time as NCAA investigator, Ohio Valley commissioner and Big Ten commissioner. You'd think he'd have a sense for what is about to happen to Ohio State.

You'd also think he would agree with Ohio State vacating the 2010 season and offering probation as the only penalties resulting from Jim Tressel's misdeeds.

"I don't think I should comment on what they’ve [Ohio State] done," Delany said in a one-on-one interview after his address at the Big Ten media days. "They've done what they've done. Let's see what the NCAA thinks about it."

That's the issue. What is the NCAA going to think about it? The world of college athletics is waiting to see if Ohio State's seemingly meaningless self-penalization is enough. Delany was asked twice -- once by Todd Jones of Columbus Dispatch and once again by me moments later -- if the Ohio State case is a litmus test for enforcement process. In other words, have people lost faith in the system?

"No," Delany said. "Facts are stubborn. I've got confidence the [infractions] committee can sort out the coverage of this case versus the substance of this case and render a decision that makes some sense.

Some sense?

"Like I said, I don't always agree with them. I always think they're in the range of being right. Typically my attitude is, we got more than we deserved that's because I love the Big Ten. We go there, we go there humbly and we go there with facts."

There is the Aug 12 infractions committee hearing in Indianapolis. A lot of us think that is a tipping point for the NCAA enforcement process. 

I walked with Delany down a hall of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place because there were so many more questions to ask. At the BCS meetings in April, he said coaches should be held to a much higher standard (than players) in terms of wrongdoing. Jim Tressel was allowed to "retire" with benefits. He said Thursday that the conference does not give him power to suspend coaches for NCAA violations. That explains why he shouldn't be held accountable for stepping in when Ohio State initially suspended Tressel for only two games.

Delany spent part of the day meeting with his coaches telling them they have to adhere to rules. It's embarrassing enough that the Ohio State case has become a national conversation. Folks are looking for answers from the man some consider the most powerful in college sports basically said the system has to change but it has to come from within.

"It's not the NCAA alone that needs to change, it's the conferences and institutions," he said.

In that sense, he's right. It's on the membership to change a perceived unfair enforcement process. But it's on the leaders to form that consensus. Delany made a huge statement Thursday when he all but endorsed Mike Slive's sweeping NCAA reforms proposed last week. 

"I think some of these things could be done in six months," he said. "Some of these things can be identified and worked on. I think it's over the next two years that we're going to have to address some of them. Mark's got to figure out a way, that's his job."

That would be Mark Emmert, NCAA president, who has convened a presidential retreat next month in Indianapolis. Slive put the talking points on the table. ACC commissioner John Swofford followed up this week by calling the current national climate that, "tipping point."

"I agreed with that," Delany said.
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Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:20 am

Jim Delany talks accountability

I been waiting, waiting for some one to be held accountable for starting a war, begun by invading the wrong country.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:22 pm

Jim Delany talks accountability

Great post LSU, you could say the same thing about the Iowa rhabdo case and Dodd in particular who held a giant grudge, but never went back and recanted when he was found to not even have contacted the University of Iowa for anything in relation. 

The media's accountability is never there since well, they are the ones who write the stories and then why would they hold themselves accountable for incorrect information, especially these two at CBS in Dodd and Doyel.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:22 pm

Jim Delany talks accountability

I will say that I think accountability in the media has long since past.  Funny that it is the media that is now trying to hold the college football world accountable when they showed absolutely no accountability during the entire Ohio State fiasco.  Tressel showed himself to be a liar, so he had to be fired, but almost all of the other stories put out by the media related to Ohio State turned out to be false.  Who was accountable for that?

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: July 28, 2011 6:39 pm

Jim Delany talks accountability


Jusk maybe Dennis Dodd should get a lesson on accountability. I can't believe they even let him in, than again maybe he was staying at local Red Roof Inn and snuck in. That's about his speed!!Laughing

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