May 10, 2012
Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, who has floated ideas for how a four-team college football playoff should be set up, said Wednesday that any new format shouldn’t include a team that doesn’t win its division.
“I don’t have a lot of regard for that team,” Delany said in a telephone interview with 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.”
The Big East’s interim commissioner said Wednesday the conference is working to dispel any perception that it is unraveling following the ouster of John Marinatto.
…In the meantime, he said he’s seen no split between football and basketball schools, and said the conference is focused on making sure the public doesn’t think it is falling apart.
…Bailey takes over at a critical time for the Big East, as talks continue over the future of a football playoff. The league is also preparing to negotiate a new media-rights package in the fall. Bailey said he does not plan to be involved in the negotiations for a new television deal, which he said will be handled by a consultant who will report directly to the league’s executive committee.
“I’ll probably be informed of how they go,” he said.