Yesterday was moving day and school selection day for Daily Big Ten World Headquarters, so we missed this one:
The Big Ten says it isn’t considering giving commissioner Jim Delany the power to fire coaches and other university personnel who bring shame to the conference.
“Bring shame to the conference” is quite a bar and one that could create all kinds of possibilities for a Shame Review Board of Governors (working title). Indiana football. Penn State basketball. The Wisconsin band’s drunken hijinks. Combovers. Shielding child molesters. Whatever.
Alas, it isn’t to be, as noted above. Here’s the Big Ten’s statement on the matter:
“There have been several reports, stemming from an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, that reference certain emergency powers described in a draft document entitled Standards and Procedures For Safeguarding Institutional Control of Intercollegiate Athletics that has been under review by the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors. The draft obtained by the Chronicle was an early draft put together by the Big Ten staff in order to surface all of the options available. The option of giving emergency powers to the Commissioner to fire personnel is not under consideration by the Presidents and Chancellors.”