B1G Media Days

Jim Delany plans to retire as Big Ten commissioner in 2020

Delany, 68, plans to step down in 2020, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday afternoon. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the specific timeline was not publicly announced.

Earlier Tuesday, Delany told reporters at Big Ten football media days that he did not expect to still be in his current role when the Big Ten’s new television deal expires in six years.

Big Ten commish, one of college football’s most powerful figures, plans exit
Jim Delany has been at it for 28 years, but he’s now looking at the right time to hang things up after nearly three decades on the job

This concludes another weird, crazy, lyrical Summer of Harbaugh
Now the coach takes a back seat and the spotlight turns to Wolverines football.

Buried deep within one of his characteristically long, winding answers to a reporter’s question here Monday, Jim Harbaugh uttered five words that fairly well sum up the persona he’s cultivated over the course of two offseasons at Michigan.

“Everybody has critics,” he said. “Screw ‘em.”

Ill will pops up among coaches at Big Ten Media Days
James Franklin defended Penn State after catching some heat.

Perhaps the juiciest storyline of Big Ten Media Days on Tuesday was some heat between Penn State and fellow East Division rivals Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan that emerged after a reporter asked both Mark Dantonio and Urban Meyer about supposed negative recruiting allegations Nittany Lions coach James Franklin had made last month in the Reading Eagle.

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