Look. Let’s just get this out of the way now: I do NOT dabble in conspiracy theories, well, except for the fact that Stevie Wonder can see and that Wisconsin threw that one B1G Title game in order to help Ohio State get in the Playoff and that Michael Jordan was suspended for gambling when he went to play baseball for two years and...ok, fine! I definitely dabble in conspiracy theories.
It’s a testament to how badly the B1G bungled its messging last week that it’s currently under more pressure to justify making the same decisionas 91% of NCAA members than the 9% are to justify continuing.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) August 18, 2020
Over the past week and change the B1G has completely and totally bungled their decision to cancel the fall athletics season. Teams like Nebraska and Ohio State have openly wondered about playing football as an independent or in a different conference, new B1G commissioner Kevin Warren has evaded simple questions on why the B1G made their decision and there has been a mysterious “vote” rumor floating around on which school presidents voted for or against playing in the fall.
While it is a fun exercise to imagine life in the B1G without Nebraska or with Ohio State playing in the SEC for one season the point that is really interesting to me is this “vote.” Here is what was first reported by Dan Patrick last week:
Just did @dpshow and Dan dropped this info, from his sources: the Big Ten vote is 12-2 to postpone. Nebraska and Iowa want to play.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) August 10, 2020
Then Tim Brando, baselessly as far as I can tell, threw out the idea that the vote was actually 8-6 before contradicting himself a day later in reply to Nicole Auerbach’s warning that “there’s been a lot of misinformation out there.”
And then, the big one. Penn State’s athletic director Sandy Barbour admitted on Monday that she DIDN’T EVEN KNOW IF THERE WAS A VOTE AT ALL!!!!! How does the athletic director not know this?????? Was she taken out of the loop on this? Is Penn State hiding something? They have no track record of that, so what’s really going on here?
Huh? ...— Shannon Ryan (@sryantribune) August 17, 2020
Barbour didn't ask for a specific answer on this from her university? Or they won't tell her?
Illinois AD on call last week answered that Chancellor Jones cast their vote. It didn't ** sound ** like there was a question about it when he spoke.
This is all very weird. https://t.co/9eWTMOgMbT
It was then further reported that Minnesota’s president Joan Gabel, who was allegedly in the room where this “vote” happened, wouldn’t even call it a vote but instead a “deliberative process.” Hmmmmmmmmmm, interesting.
Plot thickens: Minnesota President Joan Gabel said last week she wouldn't call it a vote (whether to cancel fall season), @JeffWaldFox9 reports. Gabel said it was "a deliberative process where we came to a decision together” & supported decision to postpone the season— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 17, 2020
Now, we here at Bucky’s 5th Quarter Investigative Team don’t like to dabble in half-truths, innuendo and back room dealings, but there has to be more to this “vote” situation than meets the eye. Why won’t anyone comment on it? Who actually voted? Is Jim Delany secretively trying to sabotage his successor’s first major challenge? Does this go all the way to the top? You know...the real leader of the B1G...Barry Alvarez?
Have reached out to more than half of the Big Ten presidents and chancellors since the decision to postpone. Not one wants to comment. Understand it's a sensitive topic but also one that impacts a ton of people. And very few definitive answers or details have been given.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 18, 2020
As of Tuesday morning the parents of B1G football players, lead by Ohio State’s Shaun Wade’s dad, were mobilizing to lay siege to the B1G offices outside of Chicago and demand answers to what’s really going on. I am a former resident of Chicago and it should be noted that the politicians in that town are as crooked as the come. Has someone gotten to Warren? The mob maybe or the mayor (same thing, amirite folks)?
Here’s the situation as best we can tell: the B1G is hiding something BIG and we think we know what it is. The presidents of the conference did have a meeting and DID have a vote too, but not about whether to cancel fall sports or not. They were always going to do that. Open your third eye, people! The presidents met because they wanted to decide
::feels warm breath on shoulder::
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Oh..OH MY GOD GET AWAY FROM ME! I KNEW I WAS GETTING TOO CLOSE!