"I love speed and the SEC has great speed, especially on the defensive line, but there are appropriate balances when mixing academics and athletics. Each school, as well as each conference, simply must do what fits their mission regardless of what a recruiting service recommends. I wish we had six teams among the top 10 recruiting classes every year, but winning our way requires some discipline and restraint with the recruitment process. Not every athlete fits athletically, academically or socially at every university. Fortunately, we have been able to balance our athletic and academic mission so that we can compete successfully and keep faith with our academic standards.
The complete statement is here:
Now, there is no doubt some truth in what he says, but this is just a very bizarre statement to make by Delaney. I also fail to see how this scud missile attack on the integrity of another conference advances the interests of the Big Ten.