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Friday, November 19, 2010
Jim Delany discusses Wrigley decision

By Adam Rittenberg

I just talked with Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, who shed some more light on the last-minute decision to use primarily one end zone for Saturday's Northwestern-Illinois game at Wrigley Field.

Some notes and quotes from Delany:
Wow. A lot to digest here. Northwestern, by the way, declined to comment when reached Friday night.

I know Northwestern and the Cubs put a lot of time into assessing whether the field could safely fit. This was the No. 1 issue from the start. And while rules are rules, I'm not sure the Kibbie Dome or AT&T Park comply with them, either. There's clearly some gray area in regard to some of these venues.

Still, it's amazing that only after media reports and photos did this rule come to the Big Ten's attention. "I couldn’t have told you 72 hours ago that the rule was 12 feet slash six feet," Delany said.

Bottom line: this decision should have been made a lot sooner.