Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Questions for ... Jim Delany

One of the most powerful figures in college sports isn't interested in leaving his job as Big Ten commissioner to run the NCAA. On the job since 1989, the former North Carolina basketball player still has work to do in the Big Ten, from fine-tuning the conference's television network to figuring out what to do with its men's basketball tournament. Sports editor JIM ROSSOW tracked down Delany this week to discuss Illinois' struggles in football, Iowa's chances of making the BCS title game and the commissioner's future.

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Will the Big Ten continue to put on a men's basketball tournament after the current deal with Indianapolis runs out in 2012? Commissioner Jim Delany isn't sure.

 

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Want to watch Deron Williams on national TV? There are plenty of opportunities.

If Zook goes, who's next?

If Illinois decides to make another coaching change, who would you like to see take over the football program.

 

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Richard Herman, who resigned as UI chancellor on Tuesday, was a big fan of Big Ten football. In 2006, in a chat with sports editor Jim Rossow, Herman sang the praises of Ron Zook and Ron Guenther: "I couldn't be more delighted by the decision by Director Guenther to stay with us (by signing a contract extension). That was a great day when he agreed to do that." 

Jim Rossow's Big Ten report

LOOKING BAD: Ohio State. Bring back John Cooper. With games left against Penn State, Iowa and Michigan, the Buckeyes could lose as many games as they did in Jim Tressel's first season (7-5 in 2001). Which means they could miss out on a January bowl game for only the second time in Tressel's stint (they went to the Alamo Bowl in 2004).

10 questions for ... Bill Hancock

As administrator of the BCS, Hancock is in charge of convincing everyone a college football playoff isn't the way to go. The argument will resume when the season's first BCS rankings come out at 3 p.m. Sunday. The former director of basketball's Final Four, Hancock has the ear of the 11 conference commissioners – and the ire of coaches and fans whose teams are ranked lower than they think. Sports editor JIM ROSSOW caught up with Hancock this week to discuss the first poll, the future of the BCS and President Obama.

Jim Rossow's Big Ten football report

Sports editor Jim Rossow's weekly look around Big Ten football:

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Tickets for the Big Ten men's and women's basketball tournaments go on sale Monday.