Video: Jim Delany talks Big Ten expansion

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Commissioner Jim Delany met with the assembled media masses in Chicago Tuesday as part of the Big Ten spring meetings, and, while he did not drop any real hard news as to the progress of the expansion process, he did toss out a few nuggets that will only serve to add another layer of intrigue to the process.

— “[The Big Ten] may not expand, but we may expand. … we won’t expand for the sake of expansion.”

— “We’re not looking to achieve a championship game.” Delany stressed that if a championship game was an overriding factor, “we could’ve done that at [any] time over the last twenty years.”

— The timeline for expansion “continues to be roughly 12-18 months.” Delany also allowed that the process could take 11 months. Or 19 months.

— Hinted again that any school that’s added to the conference Will Likely have to be a member of the Association of American Universities, a consortium of 63 public and private research universities in the United States and Canada. All eleven of the current members of the Big Ten are a part of the AAU.

— While it’s not contained in this particular video, Delany said that, along with the overwhelming success of the Big Ten Network, the main force driving expansion is the population shift from the Big Ten’s current Midwest footprint to the South over the past 20 or so years.  Basically, the conference does not want to get caught with its pants down if the trend continues.  

With that in mind, does that mean the rumors of Georgia Tech possibly being a potential candidate for Big Ten membership now seem a little more realistic than they did last week?  Based on Delany dropping some Sun Belt hints, that speculation sure the hell seems a lot more plausible right now.

Anyway, here’s a little clip of some of Delany’s remarks from this afternoon.

 

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.