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October 27, 2013 Uncategorized

Big Ten coaches must live up to conference standard

What seemed like another out of whack sign, however, is apropos considering the mess within the conference right now. That fan wasn’t alone in his feelings.

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canada goose clearance That rally was searching for a way to deflect blame for the situation involving Urban Meyer at Ohio State. Couple that with the toxic culture allegedly propagated by DJ Durkin at Maryland, and you have merely the latest scandals to plague the Big Ten Conference heading into the 2018 college football season. canada goose clearance

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“It’s an amazing place, the Big Ten,” conference commissioner Jim Delany said at Big Ten Media Days on July 23. “We’ve always been, you know, interested and concerned about competing on the national level. We’ve always been interested and concerned about providing an educational opportunity that was real, that was qualitative.”

canada goose clearance sale Here’s the problem. That chase for on the field success came with some side effects. Delany points to a conference pride in providing educational opportunities, but the Big Ten got involved in an arms race with the SEC and it lost some sense of its morality along the way. Scandals aren’t new to college football, or even the Big Ten. But the string of scandals involving Big Ten coaches this decade only back that point up. canada goose clearance sale

Canada Goose Jackets Durkin and other staff members have been placed on administrative leave at Maryland while an investigation into the details surrounding the death of 19 year old offensive lineman Jordan McNair continues. The university parted ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, the center of several of all those allegations involving the program’s culture, on Tuesday. Canada Goose Jackets

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The conference has 22 coaching changes since 2010, seven of which were the result of dismissal for unceremonious reasons. Meyer and Durkin would make that nine coaches canada goose outlet out of 24 37.5 percent if they are let go.

buy canada goose jacket cheap This trend started on May 30, 2011, when Ohio State’s Jim Tressel resigned in the fallout from the Tattoogate scandal. Tressel originally was suspended after a cover up involving five players including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor selling memorabilia for tattoos. Tressel won a national championship at Ohio State in 2002. buy canada goose jacket cheap

The next scandal came later that year, when Joe Paterno was dismissed from Penn State in the wake of a child sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was uk canada goose arrested on 52 counts of sexual abuse. He was convicted on 48 canada goose counts. Canada Goose Outlet Paterno uk canada goose outlet won more games than any other FBS coach.

Sept. 30, 2014: Michigan coach Brady Canada Goose Jackets Hoke puts quarterback Shane Morris back in a game against Minnesota, despite Morris having suffered a concussion. Hoke was fired after a 5 7 season, but that scandal also contributed to the resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon.

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Canada Goose sale Nov. 29, 2015: Rutgers fires Kyle Flood shortly after he serves a three game suspension for impermissible contact with a faculty buy canada goose jacket cheap member about a player’s grade. Flood also had seven canada goose factory sale players arrested during the 2015 season. Canada Goose sale

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What’s the common problem here? The coaches. Academic dishonesty; player mistreatment; sexual assault allegations. The programs have found a way Canada Goose online to mess up on virtually all fronts. There’s a fundamental lack of leadership because of an increased win at all cost culture on Big Ten campuses.

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That’s where we’re at with Durkin and Meyer, too. Durkin was in charge of other staff members who are on administrative leave, including Court. Meyer was in charge of Smith, whose personal life has devolved into a tabloid circus.

When half of the conference’s member institutions have fired a coach this decade, is it a surprise that blame shifting happens?

Canada Goose Outlet That blame, as evidenced at the Ohio State cheap canada goose uk rally, typically starts with the SEC. It’s a well known narrative among Big Ten fans, who have watched the SEC pile canada goose clearance up nine of the past 12 national titles, a run that ironically began when Meyer led Florida to a 41 14 victory against Ohio State in the 2007 BCS championship game. The fans using ESPN, the SEC Network and the notion of “SEC bias” to prop up canada goose clearance sale their argument held on to a moral high ground in the process. Canada Goose Outlet

“We can’t guarantee the outcome,” Delany said at Big Ten Media Days. “But we try to create the circumstances where that can occur. We’ve had our ups and our downs competitively, over a long period of time. We’ve tried to accept when we haven’t been competitive, tried to accept that in a graceful way, not to be too much whining or complaining.”

Ironically, it’s a coach who cheap Canada Goose changed all that Meyer, who elevated the Big Ten’s profile by leading Ohio State to the first College Football Playoff championship in 2014. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst and Nebraska’s Scott Frost are among the big name coaches who have been hired since. The conference finished 7 1 in bowl games in 2017. By quantitative measures, this is as good as the conference has been since the late 1990s.

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The scandals, however, have tainted that success. Michigan is investigating whether current players re sold Canada Goose Online school issued shoes, though Harbaugh says he expects no suspensions to result from the investigation. That used to be the juiciest scandal possible in this conference. Now? It’s so far down the list it might as well be a non issue. It’s indicative of the problem the Big Canada Goose Parka Ten faces.

canada goose coats It’s not limited to football. Allegations against former Ohio State wrestling team doctor Richard Strauss and the conviction of former Michigan State gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar have put a negative spotlight on those institutions. canada goose coats

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Yes, the Big Ten has increased revenue with its football machine. The Big Ten Network is a success, and five of the top 10 most watched games in 2017 involved a Big Ten team. The conference has several teams capable of reaching the College Football Playoff in 2018. Yet that success comes with the backdrop of scandals that make it clear the Big Ten is struggling to do that while holding the moral high ground the conference clung to well before the canada goose uk outlet BCS era began.


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