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Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:52 am
Edited on: April 18, 2010 4:17 pm
The timetable for Big Ten expansion may have moved up to today (April 18), the Chicago Tribune has reported.

The conference said in December it would take 12-18 months to research the expansion issue. Now, the Trib suggests, it could happen as soon as this week beginning with a Sunday meeting in Washington, D.C.. All the I-A conference commissioners will meet in Phoenix for the annual BCS meetings. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany could inform impacted conferences at that time.

The Trib also reports, as I have suggested in recent stories, that the expansion could be by as many as three to five teams. 

You can read about more Big Ten expansion developments here.  

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Tags: Big Ten

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:57 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

You're telling me Nebraska would have the same liklihood of getting nationally televised games (i.e. ABC prime time games) as Iowa State when it comes to match ups with the likes of Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, and Iowa?  And Iowa State has a higher academic prestige than Nebraska? You get serious!

Since: Aug 23, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:31 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Nebraska academics & TV?  Get serious!

Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:30 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Please expand on the strong academics for ISU?  The nation's 88th ranked university (Iowa State) doesn't really have that much more academic prestige over the 96th ranked university (Nebraska).  Texas definitely does at 47th, but both Iowa State and Nebraska would have a little gap between them and the Big Ten's lowest ranked universities (Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan St all tied at 71st).  Did you know Nebraska just began work on an $802 million dollar research campus on 250 acres of land?  During tough economic times the university is still trying to progress it's academic and research standings.  A few areas where Nebraska would trump Iowa State:
  • Nebraska leads the nation in student athlete Academic All-Americans; that distiniction alone would make Big 10 officials smile
  • Nebraska would be a new television market; the Big 10 already has the state of Iowa covered.  While Nebraska may not have a large population, they do have a huge national following.
  • More competitive athletic programs.  Nebraska has consistently been a top 35 national program in the Director's Cup.  Iowa  State has not.  Last year Nebraska finished 31st while Iowa State finished 58th.
  • Nebraska football; that alone would bring substantial increases in revenue for the Big 10.  Iowa State as a whole couldn't match what Nebraska would bring to the table financially.  Remember, the bottom line is that this comes down to money.
So once again, please tell me how Iowa State would be a better fit academically, financially, and athletically?

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:15 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Your name says it all.  Must be a Sox fan.  You know Cub envy and unable to just focus on your own team.  Notre Dame has more than 5-6 thousand students.  Your probably a Michigan fan too with the thinly veiled Notre Dame hatred.  Rutgers in the Big Ten better than Notre Dame in the Big Ten?  You have got to be kidding me.  Notre Dame brings in a lot of revenue.  Back your statements up with facts or stop posting.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:14 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Let's have a reality check here and only list teams that have a legitimate chance of joining the Big Ten.  Academically, there isn't one school in the Big Ten that isn't a stellar institution.  Secondly, adding teams has to make geographical sense for travel.  Considering both those factors, Boise, BC, Syracuse, Cincy, and Texas are all out.  Notre Dame would be silly to leave their football contract that brings in millions in tv revenue alone every game and joining the Big Ten they'd have to share revenue, however academically they are a sound AAU member and it would benefit all their other sports and they're in the middle of Big Ten country. 

Only Nebraska, Missouri, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Louisville have a shot at joining the Big Ten altogether.  If the Big Ten was to add Nebraska, Missouri and Pittsburgh, I think Notre Dame would follow suit making up the most competitive conference academically/athletically in the history of the NCAA. 

Could you imagine the football games we could see every year in the Big Ten with perennial powers like Nebraska and Notre Dame butting heads with Penn St, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio St along with the other consistently pesky programs in the conference.  The only schools that rarely compete every year in football are Indiana and Northwestern, however NU was in a bowl game this year.  Louisville would be a good pickup but certainly at outsider along with Rutgers compared to the other three mentioned.

Regardless of who the Big Ten adds, the decision will shake up the make up of collegiate conferences and could force a major domino effect and realignment nationwide.  This is HUGE!

Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:12 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

I agree with Rutgers, Pittsburgh. ND isn't going anywhere they have there own Tv contract. I think Missouri and maybe another Big East school maybe Syracuse. Syracuse stinks in footballl good in basketball.  Will Paterno get over his Grudge against Pitt for joing the Big East many years ago?  I hope he as and reccomends Pitt. Was one of the best rivialries for football and one point.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:57 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

5 by 22... just because you can (shockingly) type on a keyboard doesn't give you the right to invent facts. Get off of your butt and go do some more homework and research relative to academics and research in the Big 12. Further... for those of you that continue to live in fantasyland in regard to Nebraska leaving the Big 12... keep posting those dreams as it's a kick to see just how far out there some fans are today. 

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:57 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

If Nebraska left, I could see the Big 12 offering a spot to TCU

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:56 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

East Carolina isn't getting a call from the Big East anytime soon, sorry to burst your bubble. They're behind CAA (football)/A10 (basketball) schools like Massachussetts, Rhode Island, and Richmond.

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:49 am
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