Two-Minute Drill: B1G Considered More Drastic Measures
By Brandon Castel
Everything was on the table, according to University of Iowa president Sally Mason, in the Big Ten’s discussion about the future of Penn State University.
That included the possibility of a television ban, a moratorium on playing games; and even the consideration of expelling Penn State from the Big Ten Conference, which it joined in the early 1990s.
Eventually, commissioner Jim Delany and the Big Ten Conference decided the Nittany Lion program had been decimated enough by the NCAA for its role in the cover-up of Jerry Sandusky’s atrocious crimes in State College, Pa.
Here is a rundown of what Delany and Mason, who serves chairman of the league's powerful council of presidents and chancellors, had to say on their teleconference Monday.
Penn State Sanctions
*B1G ruled Penn State ineligible for all conference title games during four-year bowl ban.
*PSU is not eligible to receive its share of Big Ten bowl revenues over four-year bowl ban. Estimated $13 million will be donated to charity dedicated to the protection of children.
*Delany said they looked at TV sanctions and cancelling games for PSU, but thought total sanctions levied were significant enough.
*Mason: “We cannot disregard ethical conduct in all we do...but we stand behind Penn State as one of our fellow members.”
*B1G will support any PSU student athletes who seek a transfer, even within the conference to another B1G team.
*Delany said one condition of PSU’s $73 million fine is that non-revenue Olympic sports will not be reduced and athletic scholarships not affected. Said fine is directly aimed at PSU football program.
Future of PSU and B1G
*There are no plans for divisional realignment in the B1G as a result of PSU’s sanctions, but Delany said, “never say never.”
*Delany feels like PSU will survive and have opportunity to be successful again after sanctions and probation.
*Delany said this has “no impact” on their stance on expansion. “It hasn't changed at all. We're not active.”
*Delany on B1G: “We've been damaged, but I think the damage is not irreparable, because I think we are resilient.”
*Delany: "There is pain, there is frustration and concern. We hope, out of this, we will get better. Hope everyone will take the lesson."
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