Jim Delaney Big 10 comish opposed to NCAA tourney expansion
Since the NCAA's apparent intention to expand the NCAA tournament to 96 teams became public last week, pretty much all we've heard from those in positions of relative power is that this is an awesome idea. These people are mostly coaches. It's obvious why coaches would want to expand the tournament -- more teams in the tourney means greater opportunity to have a "successful season," which means fewer chances to get fired. Also, you know, more money.
What will be more interesting is hearing how those with actual power -- NCAA officials and conference commissioners, primarily -- will react to the idea. Saturday, the Sporting News got one such person on the record. It's the Big Ten's Jim Delaney, and Mr. Delaney seems far less enthusiastic about the idea than your average major program coach: