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Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Posted on: March 2, 2010 11:20 am
Edited on: March 3, 2010 11:04 am

If this were a child birth, the head would be showing.

Big Ten expansion is moving along faster than Joy Behar's mouth. The Chicago Tribune is reporting that it makes financial sense for the league to add any one of at least five candidates -- Notre Dame, Missouri, Rutgers, Syracuse or Pittsburgh.

The story goes on to say those are only the "obvious" candidates. There could be others. In a sidebar, Rutgers is identified as the favorite! Missouri is second and Pittsburgh is third.

Whoa, slow down. I thought we were only in the discussion stage. Based on what has broken in the last few days, we're going to know a 12th Big Ten/11 team by the summer. Maybe more. The league isn't going to necessarily stop at one. If the Big 12 and Big East weren't on alert before, they are now.

This report answers a key question I had about this whole thing: Which of those schools bring enough to the table financially to guarantee a minimum $22 million payout per year. This tells me that the Big Ten TV partners -- Big Ten Network, CBS and ABC/ESPN -- have signed off on expansion as a profit center.

The Big Ten has hired an investment firm to analyze candidates. Last week Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez was quoted as saying the league had hired a research firm to look at 15 potential candidates. Alvarez the right school or schools would have to "buy their way in" to the Big Ten.

At least he was being honest about it.

I talked to a source familiar with the Pac-10 who said he isn't sure that league will do anything. Unlike the Big Ten, there aren't the slam dunk candidates out there. Utah and Colorado, for example, don't deliver that much to a 12-team league even with the addition of a championship game. He reminded me that Pac-10 fans, in general, don't travel well. What if you have, say, an Arizona-Stanford championship game?

Here's my overview from last month.

Keep those seat belts fastened. There's going to be turbulence. For sure.



Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2010 4:19 am

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

put the pipe down


Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2010 4:17 am

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ... SO??

WHat are you talking about "it will change the format of College Conferences everywhere???"  HOW??

All the Big 11 is doing is trying to catch up to modern times and add another team so they can have a title game (like some mid major conferences do), and quit trying to be a bunch of wussies and end their season 2 weeks before the SEC, Big 12, and even title gameless Pac 10 does

what are you talking about you are glad the ACC will remain in tact?  who cares, the whole conferences slurps on goats balls.  I dont know who is worse, the ACC or Big East.  At least the ACC usually puts out 1 quality team a year...or do they? 

This past Season Best conferences :
SEC (top Heavy)
Pac 10 (most complete top to bottom)
Big 12 (Top Heavy)
Moutain West/Big 11 (Both Top Heavy, especially the Big 11)
Big East
Wac/ACC (Toss up..probably lean on ACC)

Between the SEC, Pac 10, & Big 12...theres your cream of the crop.  Okay, maybe 1 Big 11, 1 Big East & 1 ACC team shines only to get shelled against superior SEC Foes in the BCS games.

Rutgers would be fools to go...they can consistently be atop the Big Easy.. The Big 11 just wants them so they can tap into the NY market for media and marketing purposes.  If ND actually had a sack they would join the conference, but they dont want to lose their sacred National TV Contract...they suck, so the whole nation gets to see them suck, and suck against a pathetic schedule.

Bro, I have no clue what you are talking about in any of your remarks.  Look at Ohio St's schedule, they play like 4 teams in the state of ohio that are so inferior to them.  Okay, now they will play a championship game, and get a taste of what it is like to play an SEC schedule.

All in good fun.Wink

SEC Chef

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2010 11:46 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Okay Big Ten (soon to be Little Seven) fans keep on with your denial phase, soon to become rage, and refuse to accept the obvious...the Big Little Seven has become a stale and trite act and will soon crumble much like the Roman Empire.  The only salvation is to get with the New Big East while the getting is available. It is hard for me to imagine why any one would pay to see OSU play let alone paying them to come to the promised land.

When the new invitees get to NY for the Big East tournament they will be in for a treat. They will see basketball as it was meant to be played, not the boring brand they pass off as hoops. Of course, none of the invited schools will finish in the New Big East top ten with the possible exception of MSU.

They may do better in football if they forget about the ho-hum style they use to beat up on the likes of Minnesota.

Regardless, of what happens these schools will never regret joining the New Big East because the financial bonanza will be startling and they will be in on the greatest show on earth.

Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 11:27 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Ok whoever the guy is that said the Big East will get Ohio State Penn State please read this. I will have 50 of whatever you are on.

Big East football is a joke. See 2010 orange Bowl. If UC is supposedly the best team in that conference, than any of the top 3 or 4 teams from the Big Ten could come into the Big East and run the table. The big East would have to pay Ohio State 100000000000000000000000000000000 dollars just to open the letter asking them to join.

Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2010 9:49 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

This talk of expansion is down right stupid.  If the traditions go so goes the thousands of fans tha travel with their teams.  Few conferences travel as well as the Big Ten does. Iowa v. Rutgrs is a match up to see?  Not any better the Penn State v. Missouri or Minnesota V. Pittsburgh.  What cost do you have for teams like tennis, volleyball, fencing, etc. that do not make any money.  I agree a championship game would make a lot of money for TV, but if college presidents do not want to burden the players with extra games for a play-off how is this any better?

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 8:34 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Ohio State to the Big East.  Come on now, what are you on?  Ohio St has been criticized for "being protected" by playing weak big ten teams recently so why would we move to an even weaker football conference?

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2010 7:25 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

The big east is a great basketball conference but a weak football conference.  Since the 2002 season a big east team has finished in the top 10 only 5 times.  Only one team has finished the season ranked in the top 5 since 2002.  I'm pretty sure no big ten team is interested in that.  Plus...the big ten is a midwestern conference.  They're not going to want to travel to the east coast for games...not gonna happen.  My bet is on your beloved Panthers joining the big ten...location, academics, probably the best football team in big east and of course a very solid basketball program, and a possible rivalry could be established between PSU and Pitt just like the one with MSU and Michigan.  Welcome to the big ten my friend...only a matter of time...and your school will pay to enter the big ten, believe me.  They will double their sports revenue immediately.  Its a reality so you better get used to it.

Since: Apr 1, 2007
Posted on: March 6, 2010 7:24 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Offers are being made as we speak to Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State. This would give the Big East 12 football schools, a league championship game, and a ton of money. The conference would consider dropping S. florida if Notre Dame came to their senses and agreed to joining the football group. If not the Big East would tell Notre Dame to find a new basketball home and drop Depaul.  Marquette, and school to be named later.

And then a little leprechaun will ride in on a unicorn and wake you up from your pipe dream.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 6, 2010 7:05 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

I've never seen anything as funny as this this a joke?  There's no way on god's green earth that a big ten team would leave for the big east.  This is a prank, right?  The big ten makes WAY more money than the big east and the schools in the big east can't touch the big ten academically.  Big East teams woul dhave to pay the big ten to become a member...they would be begging to get in, certainly not the other way around.  The big east barely held on to its BCS conference bid when it lost Miami, VA Tech and Boston College in 2003...pretty sure no big ten team is looking to join the likes of Cinn, USF, Marquette, Pitt and Louisville.  I looked for any evidence...any article available on the web that discussed a big ten team looking to possibly move to the big east and there was nothing...nothing but a bunch of skittish articles about how the big east if fretting about its membership getting raided again and how they were hoping that Memphis might join the big east if the big ten bullies steal one of their teams.  I'm afraid there's no truth to anything goldpanther has to say but I welcome you passing along an article to the contrary if you disagree...would love to see that.

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2010 6:56 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

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