Big 10 Commissioner Fumbles on Comments About Conference Champions and BCS
“That man” has it all wrong about “that team.”
Jim Delany’s uneducated comments about Alabama playing for the 2011 BCS National Championship were not just a fumble. They were an untimely turnover.
“I don’t have a lot of regard for that team,” Delany said to The Associated Press. “I certainly wouldn’t have as much regard for that team as I would for someone who played nine conference games in a tough conference and played a couple out-of-conference games on the road against really good opponents. If a poll doesn’t honor those teams and they’re conference champions, I do.”
He was referring to the proposed four-team playoff being bounced around by the BCS. And the team he was referring to was Alabama, which won the BSC National Title
The fact of the matter was that the SEC West had the two best teams in college football last year, far better than anything Delany’s own conference produced (Alabama went on the road and whipped Penn State 27-11, something no other Big 10 team could do until November when scandal hit the school).
Oh, and Alabama rolled Michigan State 49-7 in the 2011 Capitol One Bowl.
But Delaney did not stop at his one comment. He continued to pile it on, also telling the AP: “Some teams don’t even win their own division. They started off highly in the rankings, lose early, don’t play a championship game and they might end up at four.”
Delaney apparently forgot to check the Big 10′s 2012 conference schedule. Michigan opens the season against Alabama. Don’t you think “that team” will remember those comments on Sept. 1?