Wait, what? I thought we were done with all this? The Big Ten O'Meter was supposed to have been retired, alongside the Syracuse Head Coach Sexy O'Meter and the International Bowl Quest-O-Meter.
While the Great NCAA Purge of 2010 is over, there's one thing we can take comfort in knowing. It is temporary. Because if we learned anything from Oliver Stone, it's that greed is good. And now that the Big Ten will get a taste of that Nebraska money and Championship game money, it's only a matter of time before they make good of that initial threat to take a New York City-area team (or two).
Don't believe me? Just ask Big Ten Commish Jim Delany.
"For us it's important," Delany said. "We haven't been there except through Penn State. Our teams play in the Garden. They play in the Meadowlands. They play teams out East. They play in the NIT. They play in the ACC.
"I consider the East Coast to be as important to us as the West Coast is even though the West Coast has got the Rose Bowl and the Big Ten-Pac-10 relationship," Delany added. "And it's so because of the recruitment of students, the recruitment of athletes, the size and scope of the markets. I hope it becomes more important."
"I hope it becomes more important." Your vaguery will get you nowhere, sir. Well, actually it will get you whatever you want.
For dramatic purposes, Delany even then takes a shot across the bow of the Pinstripe Bowl, which will feature a Big East team and a Big 12 team.
"My sense about that bowl was, 'It's great to be in New York but you better come with your 'A' game . . . because I don't think the New York market really responds to anything but the 'A' game."