The Big Ten Conference and commissioner Jim Delaney are in the process of sorting out the sordid details of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse and cover-up at Penn State. Among their concerns: how to punish Penn State or other Big Ten schools when the crimes are beyond anything in the current rule book, as well as how to prevent similar situations from happening again.
One proposal is getting a lot of attention: The Big Ten conference would allow Commissioner Delaney to fine, suspend, or even fire employees at member universities for actions that are detrimental to the league.
Setting aside the questionable legalities involved with allowing an outside authority to fire university employees, this proposal is a head scratcher. Here is how I see it:
A Big Ten school gets in serious trouble, in part because one man had too much power that went unchecked. So the Big Ten’s solution is to give one man too much power that will likely go unchecked.
Anybody else see a problem with that?