Big Ten to expand conference schedule

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Jim Delany says changes are coming to the Big Ten schedule. (US Presswire)

Much like the number of schools in the conference, the Big Ten's schedule will soon be expanding. The only question is by how many games will it expand.

Big Ten coaches and athletic directors met at Big Ten headquarters Monday, and afterward commissioner Jim Delany told the Chicago Tribune that the Big Ten keeping its conference schedule at eight games is "not even on the table."

Delany also said the only options being discussed are nine- and 10-game conference schedules.

“We like to play each other, and those are not hollow words," said Delany. "We are getting larger and want to bind the conference together.”

And prepare yourselves, Big Ten traditionalists, because these are not the only changes on the horizon. It appears the old rule of the Big Ten not playing night games in November could be going the way of the dodo bird soon enough. The coaches want more night games and the Big Ten isn't going to stand in the way.

Finally, it looks like Big Ten conference games will start in September, which is only natural given the expansion of the schedule. The question is whether or not there will be conference games on the first weekend of the season -- as is the case in the SEC and other conferences -- or if it will be nine or 10 conference games in a row starting in mid- to late-September.

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