The Big Ten is making news Thursday with word in the Chronicle for Higher Education that the conference is considering giving the commissioner, Jim Delany, more authority in wake of the issues at Penn State. Would Delany be able to fire coaches himself? Ohio State's Gene Smith says the proposal on the table is to let him recommend making terminations to schools. That sounds more reasonable rather than him have absolute authority.
Imagine Delany terminating Jim Tressel or Joe Paterno-- fans at those schools might have turned on Delany big time, but if a school fires a coach it seems to be more acceptable. The Big Ten is trying to figure out how to respond to the Penn State situation and hasn't come up with a solution yet. It's a tough case with sensitive issues and that's what the Big Ten is wrestling with at the moment. I think Delany has too much authority now, frankly, but the school presidents sure do seem to buy his leadership.