At the recently concluded Big Ten meetings, commissioner Jim Delany mentioned an interesting discussion that had taken place among basketball coaches: To avoid getting overshadowed by football, should the conference slate begin in early December, rather than around bowl season?
The way it is now, Delany said, “you have a hard time breaking through because of the media attention on football.”
Northwestern’s Bill Carmody is among those open-minded to the change, which could take place beginning with the 2012-2013 season.
“Other conferences have done it,” he said. “It might jump-start things. Maybe if we’re playing Illinois then, that will get people’s juices flowing.”
Last year the Wildcats’ first conference game (at Purdue) fell on Dec. 31, the day before the football team played in the TicketCity Bowl.
The complication for Northwestern and many schools is final exams and reading week. Last year the Wildcats were on break from Dec. 1-12.
“Maybe we can play some in the December 18-23 (window),” Carmody said.