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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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Tags: Pac-10

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2010 10:31 pm

JoePa Has Spoken.....

but he didn't say anything new. We all know he's an expansion advocate, and to the east. Here's my take: Missouri to the west, and two of the following three: Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and Syracuse. If ND comes to their senses and gives up their ego trip, there will only be one eastern school added. Missouri is a lock, IMO.

Since: Jan 15, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2010 10:02 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

We've been hearing this from everyone for months. Holy moly, everyone thinks expansion is coming. Joe Paterno didn't exactly throw any more light on Big Ten expansion than we've already heard. And the fact that he'd like to get a school (or more) out East isn't exactly a shock. I mean, for crying out loud, Penn State is the Easternmost school in the Big Ten, and by quite a bit. College Station is about 320 or so miles East of Columbus, Ohio. And the fact that the New York TV market is valuable to the Big Ten is also well known. This story doesn't give us any new info ... no new hints ...  it's just Paterno's take on things.

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2010 9:30 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Paterno has been fighting for Big 10 expansion for quite a long time now.  I believe he's right, it will happen sooner or later; and really does need to happen despite what Big 10 purists/traditionalists say.  I think many of those same people were angry when Penn State joined the conference in the early 90's. 

Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2010 8:05 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Notice what Joe Pa said: " We've got to get people in our conference that are AAU [research] schools."  That was a polite way for the old fart to say he does not want ND in the conference.     

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2010 6:36 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Well but Army bailed on conference USA, I think they like independence. Not sure Navy provides enough women's teams for balance (but I have no idea really)Rutgers also seems like a natural with the TV market in Jersey and how it can interest NY when they're good, but I think their mixed success in football and basketball (is there any in bball?) prob hurts them.
You wonder if the ACC will get pre-emptive - Syracuse would be a great fit in the ACC.

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2010 6:27 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

If Big Ten is looking for schools with national sports and academic profiles near major media markets, who could possibly make more sense than these two...


Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2010 5:20 pm

Slow day in sports?

I think so! JoePa says that the Pac-10 might expand and that the Big (11) Ten might add 1, 3 or 5 teams sometime between now and when he's gone. Awesome. Then he asks if he knows what he is talking about, "I don't know". Sounds to me like it's everything that everybody already knew. The Big (11) Ten is possibly looking to add a few good schools that will draw in some new areas. BC would be awesome, I'd be all for that but like what was previously mentioned they aren't a research school and that's probably going to be a big part of it. This story tells us nothing. Basically JoePa's opinion on what might happen, I don't see him a fortune teller, I see him as a great football coach and a mainstay in college football, running a pretty tight program in Central PA.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2010 5:17 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Dont forget the NC with the PI call against Miami. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2010 4:53 pm

A REAL conference champion first!

The last thing Paterno is thinkin' about when it comes to expansion, is recruiting! In the '05 & '08 seasons, PSU was clearly the cream of the BIG TEN crop.. Yet Ohio State got that almighty CO-Champions title next to their names, simply because they had the same conference record as PSU. Fair? I think NOT! Adding a 12th team in hopes of forming an actual title game, is the way to go.

Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2010 4:19 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

For the people who are foolishly saying that Joe Pa's word  carries little or no weight, I one two words for you, "Instant replay." Back in 2002 when bad officiating cost Penn State wins against Iowa and Michigan and ultimately, a BCS bowl bid, Joe had enough. He talked, the nation listened. The next year the Big Ten had instant replay. The following, the rest of the country. The man is simply the greatest coach in the history of the game. His word means a lot.

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