Jim Delany is an idiot

I believe the old saying goes something like, “Better to keep your mouth shut and let everyone think you are an idiot than to open it and remove all doubt.” Thank you Mr. Delany for removing my doubt, not that your idiocy was ever in question. In case you didn’t hear, Delany took a poke at President Obama this week. Here’s his exact quote:

“It’s very hard to be disagreeable with a popular president,” Delany said. “He’s a scholar and a lawyer and a great politician, but I don’t think he understands the complexity of the issue.”

This was Delany’s response to Obama’s desire to see a college football playoff. Needless to say, I am pissed, so here goes my rant for the day…

First of all, Jim Delany is the commissioner of the Big Ten conference for any of you who may not know. This is the guy who made the Big Ten Network without a major television contract in place. This is the guy who hasn’t been able to court Notre Dame to the Big Ten in all his years of trying. This is the guy, bar none, who stands squarely in the way of a college football playoff.

Now let’s see, where to start…oh yeah, the “complexity” of the BCS. Let me see if this college graduate can wrap his head around the complex issue here. The BCS ranks all college football teams based on a series of polls. There’s the Harris Poll, a poll of former players, coaches, administrators and media folks, then there’s the USA Today poll, a poll of current coaches. Then there are the 6 computer polls. The Harris, USA Today and computers each have 1/3 weight in the BCS ranking. The computer average is determined by dropping the highest and lowest ranking in the computer polls, then averaging the remaining four. Thus, a teams ranking is determined.

After all the regular season games have been played, the BCS releases its final rankings. The No. 1 and No. 2 teams play each other for the national championship. The BCS also has four other bowl game match-ups. The teams for these bowls are taken from the remaining top 12 teams in the BCS rankings. The conference champions from the ACC, Big East, SEC, Big 12, Big Ten and Pac-10 automatically get a spot in one of these bowls. The highest ranked team from any other conference, if they are ranked in the top 12, is also automatically in. Notre Dame is automatically in if they are ranked No. 8 or better. The bowl committees of each bowl select their match-ups as to who plays who. In the end they decide which teams play in BCS bowl games.

Did I miss any of the complexity? Oh yeah, how about the blatant fact that 1/3 of a team’s BCS ranking is determined by ACTIVE COACHES!! Let me guess how Bob Stoops, Urban Meyer or Mack Brown would have voted at the end of last year…that’s a no brainer. The people with the most vested interest are allowed to participate in the process that determines our national champion each year, no bias there I’m sure. Perhaps Delany can explain the complex reason as to why this is the case?

What else am I leaving out…how about the money involved? Well, the six BCS conferences are assured of splitting $18 million, while the other five conference get a combined $9 million. Well, I’m sure glad that Virginia Tech and Cincy had auto bids last year to a BCS bowl. I don’t know what I would have done if they hadn’t played in the most un-watched BCS bowl of all time. Yet as the lone reps from their respective conferences, their conferences got more money than any of the non BCS conferences. Oh yeah, don’t forget the fact that Boise State was 12-0 and ranked No. 9, ahead of both those teams. Delany’s defense to this is that the big conference bring in the big viewerships. Oh really? Guarantee you the Poinsettia Bowl between 11-1 TCU and 12-0 Boise State was more watched than the Orange Bowl.

Now wait a sec, did I just stumble upon something here? Isn’t the Big Ten one of those conference benefiting from the gross inequity in the money distribution from the BCS? Isn’t Delany the commissioner of the Big Ten? NOW I GET IT! The complex issue here is that Delany is a cog in a machine that generates boat loads of money for his conference. Why would he want to change that? Now the complexity makes sense, the people who are holding back a college football playoff are those who benefit from the lack of a playoff.

There is nothing complex about bringing in all 11 conference champions and five at-large teams into a playoff that starts in December. There’s nothing complex about having a BCS committee determine the five at-large teams and then seed the sixteen teams. This is already done in basketball. There is nothing complex about higher seeds playing home games against lower seeds. There is nothing complex about maintaining the bowl season exactly as it is now. There is nothing complex about January 1 meaning something in college football again- the semi-finals of the biggest playoff in the country.

No Mr. Delany, the “complexity” of the issue is a figment of your crooked imagination. You and everyone like you needs to be fired ASAP. This BCS nonsense has gone on for too long. If we are forced to keep it, then stop calling it a national championship. Just use the rankings to give us some good bowl games. Get rid of those retarded auto bids so that we don’t have to watch teams barely ranked get flogged at the hands of a superior team.

College football is simple. The solution to the postseason is simple. The only complex thing here is the insanity on the part of Delany and others who think a playoff is bad for college football. Read our college football playoff proposal to see how easy it would be to implement a much needed change to college football.

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