Report: Big Ten commish Jim Delany also wanted power to hire coaches

Friday July 20th, 2012

In light of the story that the Big Ten could give commissioner Jim Delany the power to fire coaches comes this addendum: A source told Brad Wolverton of The Chronicle of Higher Education that Delany also wanted the power to influence the hiring of football and men's basketball coaches.

Delany expressed frustration at coaches who steered their programs to NCAA violations and other problems and said he thought he could do a better job of vetting candidates.

“He wanted to offer that he would play a very central role in hiring and managing the power coaches in the conference -- that the commissioner would be insulated from boosters and campus politics,” this person said. “And knowing the situation going on in intercollegiate athletics, he could play a really critical role in hiring decisions.”
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