Big Ten conference commissioner Jim Delaney is well-known for speaking his mind when it comes to issues that deal with the national landscape of college football – namely a playoff. But his latest comments indirectly directed at Alabama may come back to haunt him.
“I don’t have a lot of regard for that team,” Delany said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “I certainly wouldn’t have as much regard for that team as I would for someone who played nine conference games in a tough conference and played a couple out-of-conference games on the road against really good opponents. If a poll doesn’t honor those teams and they’re conference champions, I do.”
That team? Delaney is talking, of course, about the Crimson Tide, which won the 2011 national championship despite finishing second in its division.
Think Alabama players aren’t taking notice? Think again.
— Vinnie Sunseri (@vsunseri3) May 11, 2012
It’s no secret that Alabama has been thinking about its season opener vs. Michigan in Dallas all offseason. Head coach Nick Saban referenced Michigan multiple times in his spring practice press conferences.
The motivation is certainly already in place for Alabama. But Delaney may have just given the Tide a little something more. And he may have doomed one of his own teams in the process.