"I don't think so," he said Thursday at the conference's basketball media day. "The worst thing we could possibly do is rush it and not have the (selection) committee done properly, not have the (championship) game bid properly. ... There's no discussion that it will be a year early."
The first championship game to be played under the newly developed four-team playoff system is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2015. Delany said several issues still need to be worked out before the full structure can be revealed, but he expects them to be resolved by Jan. 1.
"I would say by the first of the year, everything should be put together, and all the knowns will be totaled and the unknowns will be eliminated," he said. "But right now, we're still working through the process."
It wasn't all football talk for Delany. He was asked about rotating the conference tournament between Indianapolis and Chicago the next four seasons.
"We're experimenting," Delany said. "Different things affect the tournament. Sometimes the economy affects the tournament, discretionary spending. In some years, the quality of your teams. ... There are a number of variables. We've been really pleased with Indy, love Chicago. It's the birthplace of the Big Ten."
Chicago will also host the event this season and in 2015, with Indianapolis getting it in 2014 and 2016.
The tournament was held in Chicago from 1998 to 2001 and in 2003, 2005 and 2007 while alternating with Indy, where it's been the past five years.
SANDUSKY CLOUD: There's no escaping it. The shadow cast by the Jerry Sandusky scandal is hovering over the Penn State basketball program, too, and coach Patrick Chambers isn't trying to hide it.
"Obviously, it's been a great challenge to all of us because your heart goes out to the families," he said. "What's going on, it's on TV all the time. It's in newspapers all the time. It's actually dwindling a little bit because of Bill O'Brien and his football team are doing some amazing things on the field, which is great. But it's there. There's no denying it. What I try to do is stay out in front of it, especially when it comes to recruiting. I talk to parents about it. I talk to the kids about it. I don't want it to be the elephant in the room. I'd rather say, 'Let's get out in front of this and let's discuss it. And if there are issues, it might not be the right place for you.' And if they're OK with it, then you're going to get some really amazing kids that are serious about getting a degree, that are going to help build this program."
SMILE! YOU'RE ON ... TWITTER!: New Nebraska coach Tim Miles certainly had some fun during his session at the podium, cracking several jokes along the way and ending it with a group photo. Yes, a group photo.
He took a panoramic shot of the media and posted it on his Twitter account (at)CoachMiles.
"We need to make you guys famous here," he said as he spanned the crowd. "We got to get guys on my Twitter so hang on here. My daughter is 12. She taught me this funky thing. You hit options, you go panorama. ... You guys can all write home, tell all the kids that you're in."
The man certainly embraces social media.
HOOSIERS' ELSTON OUT: Indiana forward Derek Elston is scheduled for surgery Friday after tearing the meniscus in his left knee. That happened during Saturday's "Hoosier Hysteria" event, an injury that coach Tom Crean said is not expected to wipe out his season.
"I think from everything we have heard from our doctors, it should be good," he said, adding Elston suffered a similar injury in high school.
A senior, Elston started four games last season and averaged 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds.