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Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Posted on: April 13, 2010 1:47 pm

I think expansion is coming.

With those words, Joe Paterno just about sealed the deal on Big Ten expansion on Tuesday. That is, if you believe that Joe is one of the driving forces in the conference's expansion talks. Here are his the gist of comments from a Big Ten coaches' spring conference call.

Q: How are you with the progress of expansion talks?

A: "I think expansion is coming. Now, in what form? There's a lot of talk about the Pac-10 getting two or more teams in their conference. I'm not privy to that ...

"I think the trend is there are going to be bigger conferences. I think there are going to be 12-, 14-team conferences and maybe even 16-team conferences. Do I know what I'm talking about, who knows?

"It would appear to me that with the television situation what it is and the great impact that it has on exposure and what that exposure does to recruiting, we're naïve to think ... we can sit back and see everybody else move ahead because they're going to move ahead. We better start thinking about where we're going."

Q: If you did get a say in this, what would you advocate?

A: "When all this happens, I'll probably be out of this thing. I'd like to see our particular conference move East a little bit. It would give us a little broader television market and a little more exposure and if we had 12 teams we'd have a chance to get into some kind of championship [game} ...

"Whether that means you go 12 [teams] or you go 14. I don't know. I don't know all the consequences. The thing you have to do is when you get married, you better get married to somebody you love. We've got to get people in our conference that are AAU [research] schools, the same kind of commitment academically ...

"Along with that bring along some people that have a comprehensive athletic program. That it's going to be a happy marriage and we're all on the same page ... Can you find one, two, three, four, I don't know?"

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Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 11:05 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Agreed!  This is a no new news story.  In fact, Paterno didn't even indicated it was coming soon, or that there was any progress on expansion.  I believe his words were something to the effect of "When this all happens I will be long gone." So if expansion is imminent as everyone has been projecting for months then Dodd missed the real story in JoPa's comments, which is that he doesn't plan on coaching much longer. 

I try not to bash the Dodd and Doyel types as they have a job to do and some days there just isn't much to make a story/opinion piece.  But this one was a reach.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 10:49 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

I can see the Big 10 going after a BC/Missouri/ND/Pitt or Rutgers... Can't see Texas leaving without Texas A&M and this would be a major reach. I know it's going to happen but if they go with a big east team I believe there will be more than one. ND or Missouri would be the only way they just take one in my opinion.

Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2010 10:49 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Is this really news at this point?  We've already seen about a dozen articles from people in higher places than JoePa saying that this is going to happen.

Much of what the Big 10 has been doing has been an attempt to force ND's hand.  Maybe they shouldn't.  They should try and lure Texas (who I think still would seriously consider joining the Big 10).  If interested, I've outlined a 16 team proposal with Texas and A & M joining the Big 10 along with some other teams from the B12 that makes sense.  My proposal can be read at:



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 10:23 am

Big Ten II expanison

The Big Ten most likely will be looking at schools like Notre Dame, Miami of Florida, big fish in little pond schools. When it comes to adding a school to the conference, a strong footballl program is a must. At the end of the day football is what will matter most for entry. It has taken Penn State many years to catch up in periphial sports. Do not think other schools wont consider this. In the end though, it is only these type of schools that can gain entry.

 Programs that would be considered...Texas, West Virginia or North Carolina...and my personal, no chance, but wouldn't it be nice pick:  Boise State.

JoePa can see the impact expansion will have, however his slant on the East coast is purely recuiting related. Expansion will follow the money.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 10:18 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Everybody remembers the PI call for the Miami-Ohio State game (that was PI), but no one remembers the catch in bounds that Gamble made that they called out of bounds. Miami would have never had a shot at tieing the game. Instant replay would have sealed the game for Ohio State. Would have been nice to have the instant replay then!

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2010 8:31 am

South Florida is just what you are looking for.

SFlorida expands the TV market is only 1 of 3 research universities in the state. Are we in?

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 12:51 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

By the way, I don't think JoePa dropped a bomb.  He didn't say anything we haven't already heard dozens of times.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 12:49 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Boy nobody seems to know anything but these stories keep popping up.  I guess it's just fun to speculate.  I don't know about all the research criteria bu purely from an athletics standpoint I'd like to see a school or schools that can be most competitive.  Notre Dame could be competitive again and Rutgers and Boston College have their moments but can Boston College leave the ACC already?  They only just joined the ACC a few years ago.  Boston would be a good television market to get but something about switching conferences so often doesn't sit well with me.

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2010 12:29 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

I for one certainly am not looking to a playoff system of any kind. I see what has happened to the college basketball playoff system. Can you imagine a 96 team basketball playoff?

Well that is the way that a playoff would be down the road on a football playoff. Of course it start off with 6-8 teams but then basketball started off with about  24 teams and look where it has grown to the current 64+1 or whatever the combination is currently. I sorta gave up on the game after it expanded from the 32 team format.

I hope you college football enthusiast can see through the hype and understand that the playoff system will at first consist of about 8 teams. 5-10 years down the road you will not be able to recognize the game we call football today.

There is talk already of super leagues or conferences with 14-16 teams in each conference. Conferences will be going out of their region to acquire teams so they will have additional recruiting areas.

This goes against any of the football programs I know and like. Regional football so the average fan can at least travel with his/her team by vehicle. If the conferences go outside their region to attract additional teams then that will reduce some fans from traveling with their team, especially those that are in the working class and have to be at work on Monday and have kids to boot.

I suppose that is not a factor when you have TV revenue to pick up the tab, the fans just get screwed again.

For some of you this is the core of having a conference and being close to each school. I like traveling to Stanford and California on the train up the coast when we play them, having fun with my fellow travelers and some classmates that get together for that reason once a year.

I can not imagine traveling to Utah to see SC play, nor to Boise State.

I am against it, but I know that the PAC-10 will expand for the “BUCKS”



Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2010 10:54 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Never forgotten. Terry Porter.

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