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Jim Delany on ESPN

Discussion in 'ESPN's 04-05 war against tOSU and Tressel' started by kn1f3party, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. kn1f3party

    kn1f3party Junior

    ESPN spokesman responded by saying the network stands by the story and "this comes as a surprise because if the conference has an issue with us we would expect them to contact us directly."

    What a bunch of hypocritical pieces of shit.

    The article is below!

    Stories should be better 'vetted'

    Associated Press

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said Saturday that the NCAA will have a difficult time assessing who's telling the truth in its investigation of Ohio State's football program and allegations made by former Buckeyes star Maurice Clarett.

    "This Clarett kid has got issues," Delany said before the Michigan-Ohio State game at Ohio Stadium. "Anybody who has seen this story unfold realizes that maybe Ohio State has issues too. That's going to be determined by the NCAA."

    The latest round of allegations by Clarett, who led Ohio State to a national title in 2002 as a freshman, were reported by ESPN two weeks ago. Clarett said that coach Jim Tressel arranged for him to get a loaner car, that boosters gave players money, and that players received excessive pay for no-show summer jobs and were coddled by football-friendly professors.

    Ohio State athletic director Geiger has denied the allegations point by point.

    Delany said he was upset with ESPN -- a corporate partner of the Big Ten that holds broadcast contracts.

    "The thing that I don't understand, you have statements which I think have been uncorroborated, not vetted," said Delany. "I'm looking for something other than just regurgitation of broad statements that were made, discredited and then remade."

    ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said Saturday the network stands by the story, adding "this comes as a surprise because if the conference has an issue with us we would expect them to contact us directly."

    Delany, who was an NCAA enforcement officer from 1975-79, cautioned that the NCAA will take its time to determine if Ohio State broke association bylaws.

    "At the end of the day, the NCAA will decide whether NCAA violations occurred. Not Ohio State. Not Jim Delany. And not ESPN," Delany said.

    An NCAA investigator visited Ohio State on Monday.

    "I think the NCAA is going to have a hell of a job trying to figure out who's on first and who's on third," he said.

    Delany said the individual allegations against Ohio State and Tressel are "all potential tinderboxes."
  2. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    I love his quote. Of course, ESPN and the other conspiracists will say he is covering for his former employer.

    Doesn't sound like the negotiations to renew ESPN broadcasting rights for B10 games is going to be as easy as before.
  3. martinss01

    martinss01 blissfully stupid

    consiquences to actions n such...
  4. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    What I love.. is that the only thing ESPN can say, and the only thing they HAVE said is "We stand behind our story"
  5. buckeyebri

    buckeyebri 40 Days in the Hole

    How could they not? I mean look at all the credible sources that they had.:slappy:
  6. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    Interesting post over on the O-Zone. This is stuff I have never heard before, but the parts about ESPN/ABC and B10 game rights.

    Here is part of it but there is a link to the whole post. Definitely some interesting stuff.

    "My friend went on to talk about how ESPN is going to get sold off by ABC/Disney if the contract with the Big10 disintegrates.....ratings will plummet without the Midwest block......He went on to say that Geiger's press conference the other day did more to accelerate the chain of events that are going to happen immediately after bowl season this year....and ABC is going to be the big loser in all of it

    He said that most or even all of the Big10 and even some of the Big12 university presidents are siding with Geiger on his veiled threat to ESPN/ABC/Disney....and feels that is part of the reason Stoops is taking Trev and ESPN to task right now....strength in numbers

    put it this way...things in Bristol,CT aren't so rosy right now as Trev has drawn the ire of Oklahoma and its fans, Herbie has drawn the ire of Ohio State and its fans.....and OSU and Oklahoma are 2 of the top 5 brands in college athletics......if Michigan and Texas follow suit that will be 4 of the top 5 brands in college athletics essentially telling ESPN that they are bigger than ESPN."
  7. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    The only problem of what is said there, BuckinMichigan, is that half of his post that he wrote is practically bullcrap... But I'll just post the entire thing here so you don't have to take my word for it.

  8. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    Yeah, I wouldn't call it the most believable post, but more of speculation on some things that I think most fans have talked about for awhile. Personally, I would love an 8 team playoff and think the players should be paid some sort of stipend. Unless NBC stops paying ND for their games I just don't see how they join a conference.

    I did like the comments about beating up on ESPN, just because they are less about sports and more about entertainment. That and I think they need to be reined in a little.
  9. TallIndian

    TallIndian Rookie

    ESPN can STAND by their ragazine story all they want.

    The fact the the commisioner of the Big Ten has now voiced his displeasure is
    great. There was an article in the local East Bay paper her that added a few things ... they said that the Big Ten Commisioner is considered by many to be the single most powerful person in college athletics, and that ESPN has heard from many that they blew this one.
  10. gregorylee

    gregorylee I'd rather be napping!!

    The problem is that I think more and more they are doing less "standing behind it" as they are "hiding behind it". I think that Jim Delaney speaking out is a very good thing.
  11. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    Yep. Standing by that story. Of course, when you are feeling very lonely and no one will stand beside you, it's comforting to have something to stand beside. May they get every bit as much consideration they have given the Buckeyes. Pride goeth before a fall.

    But do keep standing by that story guys. Ch-ching! Isn't that Tom Friend operating the cash register at Burger King?

  12. BuckeyeRob

    BuckeyeRob Yeah, whatever...

    I said from the very beginning that this crap that ESPN ran with is going to blow up in there face. Ever hear the old saying? You dont bite the hand that feeds you....

    Its one thing if they had cold hard evidence. That was one of the most poorly researched, poorly corroborated stories Ive ever read.

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