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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: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2010 4:16 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

BC would be an interesting fit into the Big X + ? .

I've always felt that they're style of play both in football and basketball bears more similarity to the Big X+ ? schools.

U could add them and ???  And what happens to the other schools in the Big East.  U could replace BC with S Florida easy enough to placate the ACC.  Let's say U Conn and Syracuse also defect to the Big 14, so there's 4 open Big East spots.  Who would get them?  E Carolina, UCF, Memphis, and....Marshall?  Notre Dame?  Or does the SEC poach L Ville and Memphis, import Clemson and bring in Cincinnati for access to southern Ohio recruits (because it's pretty tough getting midwestern kids to play out of the snowbelt).  Plus Charlotte is starting a football program, someone will want them (they and Rutgers to the ACC?)

So confusing....

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2010 3:39 pm


While I have great respect for JoePa as the elder statesman for the Big Ten, and all of college football for that matter, he has not said anything we did not know already.  If/when the Big Ten expands, of course Paterno would like to see it expand to the East.  More exposure in Eastern media markets would make recruiting easier for Penn St.  I guess that in this terminally long off-season, this qualifies as news...barely.

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: April 13, 2010 2:51 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Wow! Well who can that mean? Maybe three schools? Sounds most like BC to me - biggest varsity sports selection of the non-Big Ten northeast teams, good football tradition with PSU (and JoePa coached BC's coach and has talked about adding BC back to their sked) and it's a slam dunk academically (even if they aren't AAU). Could be others - 'Cuse certainly -  but for all the criticisms of BC's bowl travel, the school always gets very good TV ratings,

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2010 2:44 pm

The Big Bang not heard in South Bend

JoePa, while respected as a college football coach, is just like our Vice President Joe Biden when it comes to making broad generalizations on a topic.  Notre Dame, and Rutgers makes the most sense for the Big X, but neither team is ready to make that commitment.  So Joe Pa's big bang is a poof, just like a fart.  All air, with no substance (you hope!). 

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2010 2:17 pm

Not so much of a bomb

Let's face it, Paterno is influential enough to get his way more often than not in the world of college football.  We all know that consolidation into larger conferences is the precursor step to formulating some type of a playoff system.  The steps need to be taken to insure that the financial aspect of the system makes sense.  He will have a say and I seriously doubt that he "will be out of this thing" when it does happen.  He will obviously have a great say in what school is invited into the Big Ten.  I don't think he really shed any light on anything we didn't know was coming.  He didn't even shed any light as to the timetable.  JoePa will leave when he is good and ready so "I'll probably be out of this thing" really doesn't tell us anything.  This is especially true after he weathered the storm that Bobby Bowden could not.

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