Big Ten commissioner: We have what we want
Saturday, October 8, 2011
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Big Ten, which perhaps kicked off the latest realignment in college athletics, is standing pat.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany reaffirmed his league’s position Friday.
“We have what we want,” Delany said after his appearance at a Nebraska booster luncheon. “My phone isn’t ringing off the hook. People understand we’re pretty serious about what we’re saying.”
Missouri, which wanted the spot Nebraska got when the Big Ten announced its expansion to 12 teams in 2010, announced this week it is exploring whether to stay in the Big 12 or move to another league, possibly the Southeastern Conference.
Notre Dame is typically the first name that comes up when Big Ten expansion is mentioned. Several schools in the East also have been mentioned as possible fits, particularly with the Big East reeling.
Delany said the Big Ten is content to sit out this round of realignment, which will soon see Texas A&M move from the Big 12 to the SEC and Pittsburgh and Syracuse move from the Big East to Atlantic Coast Conference. TCU is considering breaking its commitment to join the Big East next year to instead join the Big 12.
The situation remains fluid with a number of other schools.
Delany said there’s a perception that realignment is done willy nilly.
“I just think we have to make a compelling case for change,” he said. “We don’t look at it as something insignificant. We look at it as fundamental to who we are. There are a lot of fans who look at it differently than a conference commissioner might. They look at it more like a fantasy sports experience or Monopoly.”