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Ohio State AD says Big Ten 'done with expansion'

Posted on: September 30, 2010 11:34 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ohio State and Michigan just to refues to agree on anything, don't they?

A day after former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr looked into his crystal ball and predicted that Notre Dame would one day be a part of the Big Ten, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith picked up Carr's crystal ball and smashed it against a wall.  In an interview with Ohio State's student newspaper, The Lantern , Smith said the Big Ten is done with expansion.

"We're done with it," Smith said. "We're finished. The only thing that would cause us to look at it further is if someone contacted us. So, we're not going to go out and say we're thinking about expansion."

Smith also went on to say he thinks there are some schools out there that might contact the Big Ten or any of the other conferences, but unless they bring something -- money -- to add to the conference, they won't be considered.

So, in other words, the Big Ten isn't really done with expansion, they're just not actively seeking new members.  Which I'm not sure I totally believe, either.  When this all started Jim Delany said it would be a 12-18 month process, and though Nebraska sped that process up a bit, it's still going on.  Maybe Smith is right in that the schools won't be talking about adding teams when they meet in October, but that's just because they have to figure out what they're going to do with their current 12-team situation.

Once they're done with all that, though, the process will begin again.

Hat tip: CFT


Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: September 30, 2010 12:06 pm

Ohio State AD says Big Ten 'done with expansion'

The Big Ten isn't done.  I don't believe it for a minute.  Nebraska did not fulfill their manifest destiny for the east coast markets.  Nebraska was a nice pick-up for traditional prestige and it was opportune.  They are just cooling their jets and watching the western schools jockey around and letting the news come to them.  They will ramp up after the season and see who's the best target for bigger markets and revenue.  Most likely Rutgers, UCONN, Maryland, Syracuse and Pitt will be looked at.  It will be a great offseason of more shifts and don't believe for a minute they are truly done. 

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