The Penn State decision Monday has thrown the numerically challenged Big Ten into another perplexing state of confusion.
What to do now?
Commissioner Jim Delany followed the NCAA’s rebuke of Penn State with his own set of penalties, including the forfeiture of nearly $13 million in revenue for the next four years.
The Big Ten, though, has an alignment problem. Ohio State’s bowl ban for this season leaves the Leaders Division with two schools now ineligible for the division title.
Consider this: Indiana, 0-8 in Big Ten play last year, is only three NCAA rulings from being crowned Leaders champion.
The Big Ten has long had a numbers issue. It had been playing with 11 teams since Penn State joined in 1993, until last year, when it added Nebraska and split into two six-team divisions.