There’s no denying that Rutgers athletics program has seen better days.
In the past couple of weeks alone, according to NBC Sports, issues involving the former athletic director, the current and former men’s basketball coachers, the arrest of several football players, and the three game suspension of head coach Kyle Flood for improper contact with another RU faculty member, have left many wondering whether adding Rutgers to the Big Ten conference, which was announced in November 2012 and became official in July 2014, was all one big mistake.
Commissioner Jim Delany, however, isn’t expressing any regret.
In fact, in addressing the issues at RU for the first time, Delany spoke with Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune and instead, made the issues seem like pedestrian happenings of modern-day collegiate athletic programs.
“I can’t name an institution during my (26-year) tenure that has not had a serious personnel or ethical issue at one point. These are high-profile situations with lots of exposure. I wish we never had any of it at our schools, but I’m realistic…” Delany told Greenstein.
Coming from the man who certainly understands drama (you remember the conference he led during the whole Sandusky scandal at Penn State), he makes a good point.
“Each of the institutions has had periods where there has been turmoil, personnel turmoil. The NCAA or Board of Trustees might be there to judge, but the office of the commissioner is here to help and assist,” said Delany.
Maybe he’s right. Maybe this is just a bad couple of weeks for RU.
Let’s see Delany. Can you help turn it around?
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