ITEMS FROM JIM DELANY

     A conversation Friday with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany:

     He says economics of college sports, obviously more slanted toward the Big Ten, will occupy much of his time in his next five years.  Delany has a new five year contract extension from the school presidents through 2013.  Delany began in July, 1989. 

     He says the Big Ten will discuss adding a ninth league football game in the future.  He doubt it will be a ten game league schedule because it's hard to do with 11 teams.  He doubts the Big Ten basketball format will change any time soon because it just moved to 18 league games.

     The replay official who awarded Michigan a touchdown early in the MSU game has been punished internally.  Delany told me he's one of the better replay men in the league but it was unacceptable to misapply a rule as he did.

     Delany likes the Big Ten bowl set up of seven affiliations, but he says it is up for review next spring.  I know for a fact the Motor City Bowl wants to move up in the pecking order from its current seventh place position.  Some times the Motor City Bowl does not get a Big Ten team because none are available.

     He doesn't see another conference trying to form a television network, similar to the Big Ten Network.  He says starting from scratch, as the Big Ten did and finding good distribution without a hassle, is difficult.

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