Why Isn’t Big Ten’s Delany “Standing Up” Now?

After the NCAA elected to allow Cam Newton to play in Auburn’s bowl game this season despite the governing body determining that Newton’s father had broken NCAA rules, Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany criticized the NCAA at the time for not forcing Newton to face “consequences.

Big 10 President Jim Delany As Pontius Pilate

(Same guy is singlehandedly keeping the BCS alive)

Delany’s criticism was noted by Pete Thamel of the NEW YORK TIMES:

Delany, a former N.C.A.A. investigator who is familiar with its nuances, said in a telephone interview that the N.C.A.A. “missed an opportunity to stand up.”

“There ought to be consequences. … We’ve gone to the board of directors to create bright lines, to encourage the N.C.A.A. to take creative risks to get everyone on a more level playing field,” he said. “This was an opportunity to apply a very reasonable concept. They chose to go with a very high standard instead of what’s more of a reasonable application given the facts and reality that we’re dealing with.”

Ken Gordon of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH reported yesterday that the same Delany who had been highly critical of the the NCAA for not “standing up” in the Cam Newton case “lobbied the NCAA to reinstate Ohio State players for the Sugar Bowl” after it was determined in early December that five Buckeye players had broken NCAA rules. Those players were later suspended for five games - but not the Sugar Bowl.

From Wednesday’s Dispatch:

On a day when five Ohio State players said they were sorry for violating NCAA rules, Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan was unapologetic for pressuring OSU to try to keep the players eligible for the game.

On Dec. 22, Ohio State announced that six players would be suspended for selling memorabilia and/or accepting discounts on tattoos sometime early in 2009.

But those suspensions will not take effect until the start of the 2011 season. OSU officials, along with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, successfully lobbied the NCAA to reinstate the players for the Sugar Bowl. Read more…