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Delany also said there would still be “reasonable access” to championship opportunities for the Big Ten in a plus-one format even if the odds would seem to be better with a playoff.

“When you’re working with groups of people, sometimes, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too,” Delany said. “That’s what compromise is about. And you try to avoid demands. I would say one of the reasons we have a chance to come together is not everybody is trying to get their cake and eat it, too.”