Delany, Big Ten may swallow Irish in expansive landscape

INDIANAPOLIS — Jim Delany is the smartest man in the room. No, really. Six years ago, I named him the most relevant person in college football. Nothing has changed. If anything, the designation for the Big Ten commissioner was too modest.
Delany’s clout runs through all of college athletics and is significant. Someday soon, if you believe the rumblings in college sports, the equivalent of a killer asteroid is about to hit. After soaking up the conference expansion vibe for four days at the Final Four, I get the feeling that Delany could be planning one of the most brilliant power plays in the history of college athletics.