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Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:25 am
Edited on: September 7, 2011 12:34 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That makes sense, especially if you don't overthink it (who came up with such an arbitrary number? Is that a hard cutoff? Can we apply for waivers if we want it to be worth 1500 words?). Sometimes, though, a picture only needs to be worth one very long word. Like this picture, for example:

In this instance, for all twelve Big Ten members and their athletic departments' accountants, that one very long word is "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

We kid, we kid. We kid Iowa State because we care. 

In all actuality, the Big 12 is on the brink of collapse, and that's theoretically going to leave a lot of programs up in the air. But odds are very good that between the SEC, Pac-12/16, and Big East, there are enough willing participants in expansion that nobody's going to get "left behind" and end up in a non-BCS conference -- not even ISU or KSU.

But for as much of an arms race as the collegiate alignment landscape is about to become, one conference that we can't quite imagine scooping up a bloc of expat Big 12 programs would be the Big Ten, which had several opportunities to push its membership past 12 last year and this year. Remember all the Big East schools that were associated with the Big Ten, only for Jim Delany to hold firm with adding just Nebraska? Think of it like this: Delany decided not to invite schools like Pitt and Syracuse, and not because he was saving a spot for Iowa State instead.

Man, though. Can you imagine? Iowa State to the Big Ten, and Jim Delany proudly bragging to reporters at the press conference that he had just bolstered all the media markets in the western half of Iowa? The stuff of cold-sweat nightmares for everyone involved in the conference, that is.


Thanks to the enterprising reader who sent that terrifying vision of a dystopian future in. It is a work of art. With any luck, Jim Delany will see it, and the fright will cause the rest of his hair to fall out and he won't have that weird long Power Donut 'do going on anymore. The Power Donut works in one length only: tastefully short but conspicuous. Otherwise you start to look like '80s Larry David or Kevin from The Office or Jon Miller and none of these are good looks whatsoever.


Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 4:29 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Nebraska didn't get kicked out because of a change in "agricultural programs". The AAU measures the research dollars and amount of reserach each school does. The AAU does not and has NEVER included government awarded research dollars for agriculture because they are awarded based on a formula, not competitively. Nowledge U argued that the rankings are biased against land grant schools (agriculture schools) and towards schools with medical campuses. While that may be true the AAU didn't kick out Iowa St., Illinois or Purdue schools that, you guessed it, have no medical school on campus and are land grant agriculture schools. Nebraska is not a bad school but according to the US News rankings it is not tier 1 (not top 100 nationally) and behind schools like Missiouri, ISU, Colorado, Baylor, TAMU, Texas and every other school in the Big 10. Of course I'm sure Jim Delaney was being entirely truthful when he said Nebraska was a good fit academically for the most intellectually arrogant group of institutions besides the ivy league. It took Penn St. a long time before they felt like they weren't looked down upon academically, it'll be interesting to see how the other schools treat NU.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 3:43 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Big 16

Mich State

Notre Dame


Ohio State





Miss St
Ole Miss


South Carolina
Florida State


VA Tech

Pac 16

Oregon State


Arizona State

Texas Tech
Oklahoma State

ACC/Big East

North Carolina
NC State
Wake Forest

Boston College
West Virginia


Georgia Tech
South Florida

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:57 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

I hate to have to bring this up, but the the reason Nebraska lost its AAU status was because of some change in including agricultural programs or something like that.  Someone explained it to me once, but I'm too lazy to look it up.  It had nothing to do with academics from what I understand.  Last I checked, Nebraska was ranked pretty high in the academic rankings.  Someone want to look this up?

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:39 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Adding Iowa State would be like what Charlie Brown said after everyone else got something good in their Halloween bag..."I got a rock."

Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 2:30 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

I agree that ISU has no shot at the Big 10 but the overly satirical nature of the article makes it obvious it was written by a squawk fan. By the way Puck Nebraska was kicked out of the AAU. Guess the "N" really did stand for knowledge.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:50 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Iowa State is not the rock-star school that Nebraska is, but I think ISU would be a great fit in terms of regional rivalriesm recruiting, and ISU is a member of the A.A.U. which all Big Ten schools are.

What Delany and company should be doing is perhaps looking at adding ISU and Missouri and protect their backyard from the SEC.

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