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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: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: April 17, 2010 2:25 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

State College...not College station

Schools that make the most sence are Mizzou Rutgers and Notre Dame.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: April 16, 2010 1:24 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Grandpa Paterno also said "I think the end is near..." Was he referring to his coaching tenure at Penn U or was he talking about his life coming to an end shortly. In either case, he has also been quoted as saying that he would retire from coaching football in a few years....he said that about 5-7 years ago. So why are we putting much worth into what he is saying now? Expansion? Yes, that seems to be the hot topic for this season. The women's NCAA basketball organizers said that they field 96 teams next year. NCAA football has already said that they would welcome a 64 team playoff in the near future. So apparently, bigger is better!

Since: Nov 9, 2009
Posted on: April 15, 2010 12:13 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

I believe we will inevitable see larger conferences.  What he calls the compression slate economics I call the walmart effect; consolidation of resources maximizes profit (for fewer producers, but that's the consumer's problem).  I have written alot about the topic of college football expansion and TV revenue.  If interested, check out my articles at: .  I also recommend Frank the Tank's slant at:  who has proven to be an excellent lightning rod for the discussions on Big 10 expansion. 

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: April 15, 2010 6:50 am

Its Over

These morons that run the Big East can't see the hand writing on the wall. You hear a rumor about adding UCF now anfd then but who cares . Do these idiots really think Central Florida can keep Pitt Rutgers and Syracuse from joining the Big 10 ?

The BE need to :

1) Toss out Notre Dame, Seton Hall,  Marquett and DePaul

2) Invite in Army  - Navy - East Carolina &  Memphis or yes UCF

Otherwise say goodbye and this time there will be no second acts  

Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: April 14, 2010 10:15 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

Really Mustbegood.  Wait a little longer and see.  Whenever a guy over 65 speaks I listen. 

Since: Jan 4, 2010
Posted on: April 14, 2010 4:51 pm

Why do academics matter in sports conferences?

Academics matter because conference affiliation can positively affect a research institution in a number or ways.  First, having applied to and visited a few Big 10 graduate programs, many of the admitted students were from either regional schools or other Big 10 schools.  So, universities can recruit better graduate students if they are affiliated with a strong academic conference (in general).

Furthermore, it is interesting to compare the amount of funding produced by academics and athletics.  According to Wikipedia, Penn State's football program is worth approximately $63 million.  Meanwhile, research at Penn State brought in $765 million in 2009.  Furthermore, in 1990 when Penn State joined the Big 10, research funding totaled $263 million (about $426 million with inflation).

So, in short, academics matter because academics and research far outweigh athletics when measured financially.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2010 4:44 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

To the groups of ND fans/Big East fans:  Your teams are OUR teams now.  The Big Ten will swallow you up in the name of money.  The Big East will dissolve, thier BCS bid coming to the Big Ten.  As for Notre Dame?  You'll have no choice.  Either take our 20 million/yr offer, or be stuck making far less with your inferior NBC contract. 

The Big Ten is the future.  Expect 16 teams, with Missouri, ND, Rutgers, Syracuse, and West Virginia being added.  It will be the greatest money-maker in college football, and the ACC, Big 12, and SEC willl follow suit, swallowing up (for instance) Conference USA.  The era of the small conference is almost done now, with the era of the mega conference with the mega cable networks coming to pass.

I didn't mention the Pac 10 for a reason.  Maybe they are dissolved as well....

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: April 14, 2010 2:59 pm
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Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2010 2:51 pm

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

I would dispute your assessment that it took "Penn State many years to catch up in [peripheral] sports."  Almost immediately upon joining the conference, PSU started winning conference championships in many of the non-revenue generating sports.  W Volleyball, M&W Gymnastics, M&W Swimming and Diving, and Track & Field come to mind.

Since: Jul 17, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2010 11:09 am

Joe Paterno drops a bomb on Big Ten call

@ReverendJC this is ReverendJC.  Learn to spell check.  Are you kidding me, "Paterno didn't even indicated it was coming soon"? Where'd you go to school PSU? 

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