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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: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2010 1:49 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Why does CBS allow these amateurs to post without having them pass some IQ test more than picking stupid user names. How does this cretain know The New Big East fans are the dumbest when it comes to college sports...oh well, maybe he, she, or it is  right but make book on one thing this poster is the dumbest when it comes closest to being a retard.

Since: Mar 6, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2010 12:55 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

The Big Ten will gat any team it wants. The Big Ten and SEC are kings in money brought in. This Big East trying to take any team out of The Big Ten is BS and shouldn't be allowed on this board! I am sorry but The Big East in football is no better than a WAC with a BCS Auto bid. WVU has been good through the years, Now Cin and Pitt are now taking over the Big East, Basketball in The Big Easy is the only good thing about this conference. The Big East WILL NOT GET PSU, MICH ST or any ACC team to join the joke of college football which is called The Big East. If any team leaves the Big East I think Rutgers and Cues should jump, than I see maybe SEC coming after PIT and Texas. After this WVU goes to CUSA and The Big East football as we know it is finished. Sorry, guys I hate The Big East because their fans are dumbest when it comes to college sports. Anyways, The Big Ten will be at 12 teams and there's not a thing The Big Eats can do..

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 6, 2010 12:23 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Another news flash. We already know that four Big Ten schools are considering joining the New Big East but now its seems two more of the less than elite conference wants in on the gravey train. New Big East spokesmen issued no comment statements but did add that other schools really want in on this bonanza to the point they would pay an entrance fee. It would seem that the pirating of the Big East by the ACC awoke the giant and now they are getting their revenge although not against the ACC as the New Big East no longer needs the like of Miami, VT, and BC.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: March 6, 2010 10:31 am

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Why is basketball being mentioned in an article that is clearly about money? Even at the biggest basketball powerhouses in the country, those programs generate enough money to support themselves and maybe another sport or two. Look at the football powerhouses... those programs generate profits large enough to support 20-30 other sports. Say what you want about the Big East being the best basketball conference in the nation... the baseball, fencing, swimming, wrestling, soccer, etc. programs sure don't care. Any expansion that may occur will happen because of money. It's about the strong getting stronger and the weak going away. It's the way (especially in today's economic climate) business is done. How many schools are cutting programs because of financial difficulties? That's why the Big 10 is expanding to add other financially strong schools. And it's also why no school from the Big 10 would even consider leaving for a basketball conference. Had you said the SEC or Big 12... some people may have bought it. The Big East? School presidents are way too financially intelligent to consider that.

Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2010 7:25 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

I think he might've had some bad "shrooms" or something ... sippin' the home brew a little too much ... something!

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2010 7:25 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Well, I am glad you folks are getting into the spirit of things but lets not make the mistake of taking the New Big East for granted. This conference is a force now and with our new partners coming in from the Big Six plus one conference will rule the roost of college athletics and academics...although Michigan State might be a tad light in this area.

For those interested in the next moves involving this subject should get seats for the Big East basketball tournament where the four invitees will get a sample of how the game is supposed to be played. As it took LVille, Cincy, & Marquette a few years to catch on the need for weight rooms run by experts, the new guys will see first hand, hand to hand, combat.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2010 6:16 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Seriously though...

The Big East has improved in football the past few years, with the ascension of Rutgers, Cincy, UConn and South Florida. Louisville has also had some good teams.

But the conference needs its historical powers -- Syracuse, West Virginia and Pitt -- to become and remain strong. Those three need to be perennial top-25 teams for the Big East to really be recognized as a legitimate power conference.

Then every year a couple of other teams (Cincy/Conn/L'ville etc...) can step up and have good seasons, and voila, you have yourself a pretty good conference.

If you do that, the bowl tie-ins should improve. Right now your bowls are crap.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2010 6:11 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Steelers 154
Pitt 3

(and that's not a knock on Pitt -- any NFL team would destroy any NCAA team)

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: March 5, 2010 6:01 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

I would admit that the Steelers would be the force in the New Big East but what a rivalry they and Pitt would make. As far as the Celtics go, they would be a mid level New Big East competitor. No body really cares about baseball since George Stienbrunner ruined the game with his greed. I am not sure the NHL has enough marketing moxie to compete with the New Big East titans.

The rest of your blurb is gibberish...however, I will let you know when the next New Big East confabs start and the understand the need for some confidentiality during these formative periods as the last thing we need is the bunch of mid-westerners going bonkers when left what is left of their formally most arrogant conference. 

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2010 5:52 pm

Big Ten expansion at the speed of light ...

Yes --


--> NASCAR has plans to move all races to Big East venues. The Daytona 500 will now be known as the Storrs Shootout.

--> The PGA Tour is moving all three American majors to Big East campus golf courses.

--> The AVP Tour is moving all events to Big East beaches.

--> The ATP is moving the US Open to the two tennis courts at Gus's Cabins N Stuff in Maine.


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