When the Penn State University board of directors learned about Joe Paterno's involvement in the failure to report sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky on campus, they acted quickly to fire him. Just in case other universities don't act so swiftly in the case of potential future controversies, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany would like the power to fire coaches himself.
The Big Ten is considering a plan that would give Delany the power to fire coaches, as well as levy all kinds of other sanctions on athletic programs. This seems like a step too far without any context regarding what would have to happen for Delany to have the power to terminate school employees. He'll probably have a lot of work to do to convince university presidents that this is a good idea.