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Topic: Jim Delaney will retire in 2020

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WhiskeyM

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Jim Delaney will retire in 2020
« on: March 04, 2019, 11:58:25 AM »
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Figured this deserved it's own thread.

Big Jim put the B1G in a very strong position during his tenure, especially financially.  But not all his decisions have been loved.

He added 2 traditional powerhouses in Penn State and Nebraska, but also controversial programs in Maryland and Rutgers.

The timing is interesting, as some conference GORs and TV contracts will expire around this time, which is expected to open up further expansion and arms races.
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Re: Jim Delaney will retire in 2020
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2019, 12:15:21 PM »
I don't know whether to ding him for the whole Leaders/Legends thing or commend him for promptly correcting that horrendous blunder instead of doubling down on the stupid.
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Re: Jim Delaney will retire in 2020
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2019, 02:38:59 PM »
I don't know whether to ding him for the whole Leaders/Legends thing or commend him for promptly correcting that horrendous blunder instead of doubling down on the stupid.
Eh, in the five years since the Leaders/Legends were abandoned, Wisconsin has:
  • Won the West by two games over UNL/MN
  • Tied with NU two games behind Iowa
  • Won the West by a game over IA/UNL
  • Won the west by two games over NU
  • Tied with PU/IA three games behind NU
By comparison, the East has been much more competitive, Ohio State has:
  • Won the East by one game over MSU
  • Tied with MSU for the East title
  • Tied with PSU for the East title
  • Won the East by one game over MSU
  • Tied with M for the East title

The dominant team in the East has won or shared all five titles but three of the five were shared and none were won by more than a game.  Wisconsin has "only" won three out of five but in five years of there being a B1G-W title to win the winner has won it by at least two games four out of five years (UW twice, IA once, NU once).  

2016 was the only year in which the B1G-W race was even somewhat competitive.  Heading into the final weekend that year the Badgers and Cornhuskers were tied at 6-2 but Wisconsin had an easier opponent, a home game, and the tiebreaker.  In order to win the Cornhuskers would have needed to beat Iowa (they lost 40-10) and they would have needed Minnesota to knock off Wisconsin (the Gophers lost 31-17).  Other than that, I don't believe we have ever gone into the final weekend without already knowing who would represent the B1G-W in Indy.  

Contrast the B1G-E:
2015:  Ohio State and MSU went into the final weekend at 6-1.  Ohio State won at Michigan while MSU beat PSU at home.  

2016:  Ohio State and PSU went into the final weekend at 7-1.  Ohio State beat Michigan at home while PSU beat MSU at home.  

2018:  Ohio State went into the final weekend at 7-1 while Michigan was 8-0.  The two played for a berth in the CG.  

In the East, three of the five races for the CG have come down to the final weekend while in the West only one has.  

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Re: Jim Delaney will retire in 2020
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 02:44:12 PM »
I liked his first 20 years much better than his last 10. No comparison, really.
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Re: Jim Delaney will retire in 2020
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2019, 03:07:52 PM »
Maybe a better topic...who will replace him?

The timing certainly requires someone with the expertise to navigate the complexity of college footballs current landscape.

TV contracts have proven lucrative, but the streaming market is threatening traditional packages, and as a result, profits.

Content is still king though.  People will watch the best match ups.  Having multiple blue bloods on a conference slate is extremely attractive.

Having a strong conference, perceived or real, is also an advantage for visibility, as well as the road to the playoffs.

With GORs expiring, teams like Texas and Oklahoma will be courted, and I assume will at least entertain some offers.

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Re: Jim Delaney will retire in 2020
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2019, 03:08:13 PM »
Eh, in the five years since the Leaders/Legends were abandoned, Wisconsin has:
  • Won the West by two games over UNL/MN
  • Tied with NU two games behind Iowa
  • Won the West by a game over IA/UNL
  • Won the west by two games over NU
  • Tied with PU/IA three games behind NU
By comparison, the East has been much more competitive, Ohio State has:
  • Won the East by one game over MSU
  • Tied with MSU for the East title
  • Tied with PSU for the East title
  • Won the East by one game over MSU
  • Tied with M for the East title

The dominant team in the East has won or shared all five titles but three of the five were shared and none were won by more than a game.  Wisconsin has "only" won three out of five but in five years of there being a B1G-W title to win the winner has won it by at least two games four out of five years (UW twice, IA once, NU once).  

2016 was the only year in which the B1G-W race was even somewhat competitive.  Heading into the final weekend that year the Badgers and Cornhuskers were tied at 6-2 but Wisconsin had an easier opponent, a home game, and the tiebreaker.  In order to win the Cornhuskers would have needed to beat Iowa (they lost 40-10) and they would have needed Minnesota to knock off Wisconsin (the Gophers lost 31-17).  Other than that, I don't believe we have ever gone into the final weekend without already knowing who would represent the B1G-W in Indy.  

Contrast the B1G-E:
2015:  Ohio State and MSU went into the final weekend at 6-1.  Ohio State won at Michigan while MSU beat PSU at home.  

2016:  Ohio State and PSU went into the final weekend at 7-1.  Ohio State beat Michigan at home while PSU beat MSU at home.  

2018:  Ohio State went into the final weekend at 7-1 while Michigan was 8-0.  The two played for a berth in the CG.  

In the East, three of the five races for the CG have come down to the final weekend while in the West only one has.  
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Re: Jim Delaney will retire in 2020
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2019, 03:19:02 PM »

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2019, 04:07:57 PM »
One of the things that the guys on local radio are raking him over the coals for is not putting certain crossover games on the schedule more often. The two examples that they spat out as ones that we don't get often enough are OSU-Nebraska and Michigan-Wisconsin.

Um, fellas? Both of those series are in the midst of a six year run of being played annually. Hello?

Now I am accustomed to being alone in my ability to notice this trend. But these guys make like six figure salaries just to sit around and Yap about Buckeye football all day long. How in the Hell did they not notice that we play the Cornhuskers every year? It is absolutely inconceivable that someone who covers Buckeye football for a living could be that oblivious. Yet here we are.
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« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2019, 12:58:01 AM »
Am thinking expansion is dead for a few more decades. With fewer high school players, and better television, this game as a spectator sport is most probably descending.

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Re: Jim Delaney will retire in 2020
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2019, 07:23:39 AM »
I'm not sure Delaney did anything significant that another person would not have done in h is shoes, given there is a group of them, so I don't think his departure will mean anything.

I agree expansion is probably a long way off.  Some folks like nice definitive groups of teams in conferences.  I still think 12 is the best number, but I doubt anyone goes backwards by choice.

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« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2019, 08:16:45 AM »
I have formed the opinion that if the Big Ten must have divisions, then the current East-West setup is the best way to align the divisions.

But I have recently switched my opinion that the Big Ten even needs divisions.  I believe after the current 6 year cycle runs its course in 2021, then it's time to scrap the divisions, and change the NCAA rules so that the 2 best teams go to the CCG.  Mainly so that the conference can switch to a schedule where everybody plays everybody at least once every 2 years.

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« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2019, 08:18:05 AM »
Maybe he can add Syracuse,Central Florida or UMass to the BIG before he goes.Whether he puts them into Leaders or Legends I dunno
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2019, 08:21:41 AM »
Now I am accustomed to being alone in my ability to notice this trend. But these guys make like six figure salaries just to sit around and Yap about Buckeye football all day long. How in the Hell did they not notice that we play the Cornhuskers every year? It is absolutely inconceivable that someone who covers Buckeye football for a living could be that oblivious. Yet here we are.
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2019, 08:25:16 AM »
Maybe a better topic...who will replace him?
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