Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany Visits Rutgers

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany is in town for a Friday Rutgers volleyball game against Wisconsin and tomorrow night's blackout battle between Rutgers football and Michigan State. He spoke from the College Avenue Gymnasium with local reporters about the visit and recent goings on at Rutgers.

While speaking with local media about a weekend Rutgers visit, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany weighed in on a rought month for Scarlet Knight football. Delany addressed the Kyle Flood suspension situation, but kept the focus forward instead of back on mistakes made by the program.

"He's coming back next week, and he's paid his price," Delany said. "I'm a person who can't go forward when you look in the rear-view mirror, so I'm certainly looking forward on that. I would say that Rutgers has earned a reputation for great academics, not only in their student body but in their intercollegiate athletic program. This is an exception to that. They have been at the very top in terms of student athlete performance by any metric you can measure."

Delany touched on a variety of topics, including his opinion on the recently-unveiled facility master plan.

"Facilties are important, and so is balancing the budget," Delany said. "They're going to have to either raise it, I don't think it's fair to ask the institution to do it. It has to be done with private dollars and it's hard to raise private dollars sometimes. They're in one of the most competitive, the broadest-based conference and, to be honest with you, others have had resources they have not had."


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