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The Big Ten commissioner was last to speak, although the best wasn’t necessarily saved for last. In fact, the whole thing was just rather strange, really.
Delany spent 23 long minutes on his opening statement, waiting until later in his delivery to touch on college football’s most pressing issues. At one point during the questioning portion, a media member asked...well, said, the following.
"Jim, I'm so confused I don't know where to start."
The room got a laugh, and he was not alone in his confusion.
While Delany did eventually hit on player stipends, the Ed O’Bannon suit, the possibility of a new division (Division 4) for the NCAA, it wasn’t the smoothest path getting to the opinions many were waiting to hear. In fact, it felt like a college lecture all over again.
Unlike other conference commissioners, Delany did not call for the head of Mark Emmert, choosing instead to defend the NCAA president.
"There's been a lot said about Mark Emmert," Delany noted. "My view is Mark has done some good things, and Mark has made some mistakes. Let me tell you this: Running the NCAA is real challenging.”
He’s right, and he’s wrong. Running the NCAA is a job no one envies, but it’s become quite clear that the leadership in place isn’t up for the challenge.
*Adam Kramer is the lead college football writer for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.