July 19th, 2012 11:45 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Bruce Pearl, NCAA, SEC, Sugar Bowl
Stealing the SEC’s thunder today, a report from The Chronicle of Higher Education states that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany is apparently angling for the power to fire coaches. Yep, the employees of member institutions could be nixed by the commish himself if a proposal the league “is mulling” comes to fruition.
The idea is for Delany to have the power “to penalize individual members of an institution, should their actions significantly harm the league’s reputation.”
Penalize? Fine. Fire? That’s nuts. Even in light of Joe Paterno’s situation at Penn State.
Mike Slive suspended Tennessee basketball coach Bruce Pearl for eight games in 2011 after he was caught lying to the NCAA. Most outside the Volunteer State saw that move for what it was — an attempt by Slive to help fend off further NCAA sanctions for an SEC program/coach. But to think that Slive could have fired Pearl or any other SEC coach? That’s madness.
Leave it to Delany to “mull” such a move. And remember, this is the same man who helped convince the NCAA to keep five Ohio State players eligible for their Sugar Bowl date despite the fact that their guilt was already known.
So maybe there needs to be a commish above the commish who can fire the commish when his actions “significantly harm the league’s reputation.”
Whoda thunk it? The wildest story of the day didn’t come from SEC Media Days.
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