My vacation is officially over, which means it’s time to catch up on a little college football news. We’re moving into that week when you can finally see light at the end of the tunnel. The annual Governor’s Cup banquet is tonight, and the press conference featuring U of L coach Charlie Strong and UK coach Joker Phillips is tomorrow. Time to start fastening the chinstraps.
More Big Ten expansion rumblings
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delaney told Lenn Robbins of the New York Post that the New York-to-Washington D.C. corridor is vitally important. Excerpts from the Robbins piece, written from a telephone interview with Delaney. Read the piece here.
“Anyone who forgets that forgets at their peril. It’s the center, it has been the center of media activity for a hundred years. It’s the center of financial activity and it has been that way for 150 years. To me it’s sort of where a lot of things start in the county.”
“For us it’s important. We haven’t been there except through Penn State. Our teams play in the Garden. They play in the Meadowlands. They play teams out East. They play in the NIT. They play in the ACC.
“I consider the East Coast to be as important to us as the West Coast is even though the West Coast has got the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten-Pac-10 relationship,” Delany added. “And it’s so because of the recruitment of students, the recruitment of athletes, the size and scope of the markets. I hope it becomes more important.”
Translation: The Big East isn’t out of the woods yet. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s any reaction from Big East coaches or officials at their annual media day in Newport, R.I., next week. The Big Ten’s media day is late next week in Chicago.
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