Words not normally associated with Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany: measured, mild, tame.
But that's what Delany was Monday, especially compared with cohorts Mike Slive (SEC) and Bob Bowlsby (Big 12).
Bowslby mocked NCAA enforcement by saying: "Cheating pays."
Said Delany: "I've used the word 'overmatched.' My hope is that the major conferences can come together and find processes and procedures that achieve … a level of compliance and a punishment that is earned. We need a system that works."
Slive essentially threatened to leave the NCAA if the Power 5 conferences are not granted more voting autonomy. Delany simply said he expects the new governance model to pass when the NCAA Division I Board of Directors vote Aug. 7. And if it does not?
"We will huddle up and see what the next steps are," Delany said.
Bright lights: Big Ten games in November are normally played in daylight, but the Nov. 8 showdown between Ohio State and Michigan State will be in prime time.
"I think it's good for the conference and good for the two teams playing," Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said. "And we play very well at night."
Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer, meanwhile, was happy to report that quarterback Braxton Miller is "in the best shape of his life" after trimming his body fat from 10 percent to 7 percent.
Around the Big Ten: Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said he might wait until the Aug. 30 game against LSU to announce his starting quarterback — incumbent Joel Stave or Tanner McEvoy, who saw time at safety last season. Andersen called McEvoy "an elite athlete." … Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has relatively modest hopes for his reconfigured defense, saying: "If we can just be competitive and get a few stops." … Iowa's Kirk Ferentz likes the new East/West designation for at least one reason — the Hawkeyes will return to Illinois for the first time since 2008 to play a "border state team." … Minnesota surprised nearly everyone with an eight-win season, but coach Jerry Kill told his players upon returning from the Texas Bowl: "Right now you should be starving." … Darrell Hazell said Purdue is "a different football team" than last year's group that went 1-11 and that Danny Etling, David Blough and Austin Appleby are competing at quarterback. … When he looks at his receiver corps, Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley should feel like a guy at an all-you-can-eat restaurant. "Mike Locksley," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said of the former Illinois assistant coach, "is going to have kind of a smorgasbord to choose from." Stefon Diggs and Deon Long are viewed as the best of the bunch. … A cynic might say Gary Nova has regained the starting job as Rutgers quarterback by default given that neither player competing with him has taken a snap in a college game. But coach Kyle Flood said Nova has reclaimed it by listening to new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen, the former Maryland coach: "He took immediately to what Ralph was preaching."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun