You know you are getting to big and powerful when you can't look at your organization and see faults, issues or problems. There is no perfect organization. Apple has issues, Microsoft has problems, Google is not always great. The best organizations look at everything and evaluates where they can get better. Leadership is not guiding the boat in calm weather, its captaining the ship in a hurricane.
Jim Delany thinks the water is calm in the Big Ten. It's not, it's choppy as hell and he can't see it or will even take questions on it.
This happened yesterday, which we knew was coming:
Big 10 reprimands Jim Harbaugh for violating the Big Ten Sportsmanship Policy, fines school $10,000.
Big Ten take some god damn responsibility for putting that officiating crew on the field! Mike Pereira the officiating expert for Fox Sports, said the Big 10 reviewed the game and only found one mistake.
I'm betting there was probably 20 mistakes made, I will give you two calls that were clear mistakes: Darboh gets tackled in the first quarter on a pass route which is a clear PI call and Grant Perry gets hooked and no PI call in overtime. The Hill PI call could have gone either way, the argument is the ball was not catchable. The spot is also a 50/50 call.
There is enough smoke to make "the game was fixed" fire and as of today Jim Delany has his head in the sand.
If I was Michigan's AD and/or President, I would have a serious talk with Jim Delany on the officials they put on the field. It's time Michigan threw it's weight around and got some damn answers. I'm tired of decisions of having to play MSU in East Lansing two years in a row and putting Ohio State fans on the field to officiate a Ohio State - Michigan game. The Big Ten holds 100% responsibility for that decision which breaks the Big Ten Sportsmanship policy in my mind.
Jim Delany if you don't address the mistake in the putting Ohio officials on the field in Ohio Stadium, you aren't a leader and completely tone deaf.
Only in the Big Ten could you have the 3rd and 4th best teams playing for a Championship this Saturday.
Hopefully, that is the last post on the damn officiating in the OSU game.
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