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Why is this news?: Jim Delany most influential person in college sports says a panel, Ohio State football's summer checklist

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A CBSSports.com panel has named Jim Delany as the "most influential person in college sports
A CBSSports.com panel has named Jim Delany as the "most influential person in college sports
Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

"I think we're confident. We think we're stronger than we've been, and we think having established a network ives us a great beachhead to launch from. We fully recognize there will be expedited changes in the next five to 10 years -- the over-the-top delivery system and the effects we've seen of various technologies. ... We've sought advice from the outside. We've gotten a sense on the flexibility of what our people will do. We've done our due diligence."

Big Ten commissioner, Jim Delany via Jon Solomon, CBSSports.com

While most of us are trying to avoid the rain or beat the heat here state-side, Jim Delany has spent the last couple weeks vacationing over in France. During that time he was named the "Most influential person in college sports" by a 12-person CBSSports.com panel. Lately the Big Ten has been on the upswing after Ohio State won the first College Football Playoff and January, as well as having Wisconsin make the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. After spending the last few years as the end of many jokes for some of the subpar performances, especially against the SEC, the Big Ten is back making some noise, and the sound could be deafening when the new Big Ten TV deal is negotiated soon.

The current Big Ten football and basketball contracts run through the end of the 2016-17 academic year, but many feel the conference is in for a big payday, especially considering they are the last major pro or college league to be on the market this decade. Projections have the Big Ten distributing $44.5 million dollars per school beginning with the 2017-18 academic year once the new TV contract is negotiated. Not all of Delany's ideas have been quite as well received though, as his views on freshman sitting out their first year in college hasn't been met with enthusiasm from most. But ideas like that is what keeps the rest of the conference, as well as college sports, on their toes.

"Basically no news is good news. There were no firework issues with the Buckeyes -- unlike over at the NFL. No off-the-field issues. No new health issues. As long as it stays that way, Ohio State will stay on track."

Josh Moyer, ESPN.com

With Ohio State having so much talent returning from a team that won the national title in January, it may be hard to find things they need to do over the summer. ESPN's "summer checklist" for the Buckeyes was able to find a couple items that they need to do, with one of them being the most obvious issue. Urban Meyer has to formulate a plan on what he might do with the trio of quarterbacks he has at his disposal. While this isn't the first time he has had a couple talented quarterbacks to work with, as he did with Tim Tebow and Chris Leak at Florida, but having three that all bring different positives to the table makes Urban Meyer's decision even tougher. Back in March, Meyer said the competition was "starting to eat away at him" and it probably hasn't gotten any easy as we get closer and closer to the start of preseason camp.

The second thing the Buckeyes need to do is to stay healthy. Not only physically, but also in terms of keeping players out of trouble. Lately the Buckeyes have done a good job at that. But they have to continue to do so as the season draws near. While the Buckeyes do have great depth and talent on their roster, they'll have to keep all that talent on the field if they have designs on repeating. Really with how well the Buckeyes have done at staying healthy during this offseason, they just need to keep doing what they're doing and they'll be at full strength heading into the season opener on September 7th.

"There have been subtle changes over the years, but Ohio State's primary threads keep the Scarlet and Gray among the game's top uniforms."

Brent Yarnia, BTN.com Senior Editor

Recently the BTN.com conducted their annual Big Ten football uniform poll, which included LGHL's own Luke Zimmermann and Matt Brown as voters. Many won't be surprised that Michigan and Ohio State would be battling for the top spot in the poll, but this year saw the Wolverines pull out a narrow victory. With a lower score being better here, as each team was ranked for best (1) to worst (14), the Wolverines had 18 points to top Ohio State's 20 points in the poll. This was a bit of a change from last year's poll, where Ohio State's 21 points beat out Michigan's 23 points.

What set Michigan apart from Ohio State in the voting was the Wolverines uniforms earning four first-place votes, while Ohio State one received one. Ohio State was able to keep things close with five second-place votes, and both teams didn't have a vote that was worse than sixth in the poll. Penn State narrowly lost out to the Buckeyes for second place, and had to settle for third with their 22 points. After that there was a considerable drop off to round out the top-five, with Michigan State earning 41 points for fourth and Nebraska tallying 44 points for fifth.

"Jay Moseley. who coached the men's golf team at Kennesaw State to five NCAA regional appearances in six seasons, was named coached at Ohio State today."

Buckeye Extra, The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State coaches have a new member among their ranks, as Jay Moseley was named the coach of the Buckeye men's golf team today. Moseley is just 30 years old, and has spent the past six season as the coach at Kennesaw State, which is about 45 minutes northwest of Atlanta. Prior to that, Moseley was a four-year letter-winner and three-year captain of the golf team at Auburn. Moseley had built a strong program at Kennesaw State, winning one Atlantic Sun title, and reaching the NCAA regionals in five of the six years he was head coach. Moseley replaces Donnie Darr, who resigned in June after six years coaching the Buckeyes.

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