Today s Big Ten football news features another foot-in-mouth moment for Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann, who told an RU journalism class that it would be great if the Newark Star-Ledger went out of business. She made comments in response to the recent announcement that 167 employees would be laid off.
Hermann s full comments, via NJ.com:
If they re not writing headlines that are getting our attention, they re not selling ads and they die, Hermann told the Media Ethics and Law class. And the Ledger almost died in June, right?
They might die again next month, a student said.
That would be great, she replied. I m going to do all I can to not give them a headline to keep them alive.
Like Hermann, Mark Emmert has had his forgettable moments in the public spotlight during his tenure as NCAA president, particularly as cries for change in amateur athletics grow louder. The latest development on that front is the right for Northwestern student-athletes to unionize.
Emmert made his first public comments on the issue over the weekend and called the movement grossly inappropriate and a threat to the model of intercollegiate athletics.
"There's some things that need to get fixed," Emmert told ESPN.com. "They're working very aggressively to do that. No one up here believes that the way you fix that is by converting student-athletes into unionized employees."
In other Big Ten football news, Brutus the Buckeye managed to escape a student appreciation day without being tackled this year, and Michigan s offense was choppy in its spring game. Michigan State s recruiting profile continues to rise, and the upcoming Draft Day movie depicts a Wisconsin quarterback as the projected No. 1 pick in the NFL draft.
Those headlines and more highlight today s Big Ten football news roundup:
(Detroit Free Press)
(Lafayette Journal Courier)