Monday, January 07, 2008

Jim Delaney, meet Andy Katzenmoyer

From the "this is too good to be true" department, Jim Delaney, commissioner of the same conference that has boasted Ohio State as its champion the past two years, has questioned the academic integrity of the SEC.

Now, look, I'm not here to say the SEC and MENSA are interchangeable, but for Delaney to make such a sweeping statement is, well, stupid.

We all knew Delaney was a bit off his rocker (Big Ten Network, BCS, etc.), but now he's apparently bought into the stereotype that good, fast athletes, for the most part, can't be smart. From the above linked to article by Yahoo's Dan Wetzel:

"I love speed and the SEC has great speed, especially on the defensive line, but there are appropriate balances when mixing academics and athletics," Delany wrote on the league's web site during the offseason.

"Each school, as well as each conference, simply must do what fits their mission regardless of what a recruiting service recommends … winning our way requires some discipline and restraint with the recruitment process.

"Not every athlete fits athletically, academically or socially at every university. Fortunately, we have been able to balance our athletic and academic mission so that we can compete successfully and keep faith with our academic standards."

Sure, we've all thought it at one or more points, but to actually write it, on the Big Ten Web site, no less, that's pretty stupid.

I will admit, that with institutions like Michigan and Northwestern, the Big Ten has a decided academic advantage over the SEC. But that doesn't mean there aren't examples to the contrary.

So thank you, Jim Delaney, for proving your ignorance goes beyond just screwing fans out of what they want. We were starting to worry.

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