Sprints Hopes Everyone Now Realizes What Jim Delany's Goal Is // 05.10.12

Just when you thought he couldn't be more transparent.

SCOREBOARD

Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 2
The win puts Vanderbilt at .500 -- they need a winning record to get into the NCAA tournament.

Georgia Tech 8, Georgia 6
The Yellow Jackets take the season series.

Tennessee 8, Memphis 7
It was the first time the Vols have won in the city.

NEWS

Because there might have been a few people left who thought this wasn't about the SEC
Jim Delany has a new playoff idea. This time, he just wants to make sure that any team that doesn't win its division doesn't get into the pending college football playoff. You know, like a certain team whose name rhymes with Nalabama. It's not like he ever used the Tide's name, from what the AP reporters, but it's also not like he had to.

"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."

Oh, and one more thing.

Delany insisted he isn't pushing for a particular format to be implemented for the 2014 season. He said a proposal that would put four conference champions, ranked among the top six, into the four-team playoff was simply an idea he discussed with reporters last week in Chicago.

If this is Delany not campaigning for a particular format, I'd hate to see what he might do if he was.

Bobby Cox would have never made it in this league
John Cohen has been suspended from Mississippi State's game on Friday after a postgame ejection over the weekend. It's the second game Cohen will skip because of the heave-ho.

Attractive former volleyball player not included
Bobby Petrino's motorcycle, "Hawg Wild," is for sale.

Kevin Sumlin already taking shots at Texas
Not that the Longhorns are interested in settling it on the field or anything. So Sumlin has decided to settle it on Finebaum, which is not nearly the same thing.

"In some ways moving to the SEC has really separated us not only from the other schools in the state, but particularly Texas, and given guys a clear choice," he said. "We're not all playing in the same league. This is a school in a state with such great high school football that gives (them) a chance to be on such a platform and compete and play in a league with the best players in the country."

Of course, it will be up to Sumlin to deliver on that sort of talk.

New ACC TV Contract Lands With a Thud
The ACC has a new TV deal in light of its expansion, but it's disappointing. Like most things about the ACC.

Wait -- it's even worse than we originally thought?
Maybe. It's already been discussed that ESPN got the naming rights for the men's basketball tournament in its contract with the ACC, but that's just part of it.

ESPN also gained title sponsorship rights to all conference tournament events, including the ACC men's tournament, which has never been sponsored. [Emphasis added]

If you're complaining about the ability of Mike Slive to negotiate a TV deal the last time around, just remember: at least we're not stuck with John Swofford.

But at least the deal might help out our commissioner anyway
After all, if the ACC can boost its deal by that relatively modest amount by adding two schools that are far from heavyweights, the SEC ought to be able to get some money for adding Texas A&M and Missouri.

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