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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.  

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Big Ten

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:38 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

I hate people that ignore the facts about the atheltic AND academic standards and then throw out things like West Virginia, Boise, Cincinnati. Nice schools whose fans probably dont like hearing it, but its true—just because the Big Ten is a big time athletic conference doesnt mean it also doesnt kick most other schools/conferences ass in academics. in fact of all major BCS conferences not a single one comes close to the big ten in academics. Its just a fact. Every school in the big ten is an AAU research institution in the top 75 of all schools in the country and no other conference has that standard across the board with every team. they arent going to let anyone in that doesnt fit that measurement, because the commissioner still needs approval from all of the schools to do this, and that requires board approvals and therefor academic requirements must be met. Nebraska is a good call and the football team is now more of a big ten school with its defense and bo pelini, than the score with no d rest of the big twelve. Plus Nebraska got shafted big time by having its yearly game with Oklahoma taken away, on top of that the money they'll get is outrageous compared to the unfiar agreement in the big 12. Nebraska would actually be dumb not to come over. and bring with them Missouri. Notre Dame is the wild card. they have to come. and if they do only two schools will come from the big east. But if ND doesnt come, then it will be three from the big east. And that pool (with no idea of order of preference) is likely to include at least one new york school in Rutgers and/or Syracuse, and at least one more from PA to create natural rival and cost savings for penn state = Pittsburgh. As far as alignment, they could really go NORTH/SOUTH or EAST/WEST with it, or they may come up with yet another conference naming system that doesnt make any sense. One prediction, they are going to keep the conference name BIG TEN. Wouldnt it be fun. And what a great addition Syracuse and Pitt and somewhat ND would make to the basketball prowess of the conference as well. Let alone the strengths of those various schools in countless other sports along with football and academics.

Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:36 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

The only Big 12 schools with the academics are Texas, Texas A&M and Iowa State.  Sorry Nebraska.  The Texas schools are out, and ISU does not bring enough revenue but ISU is possible because of its strong academics.

Pitt makes sense all the way around.

The only SEC school with strong enough academics is Vanderbilt, and that might be a fit. And yes, that includes Florida.

Rutgers is a great school and might be a good fit as well.

ND has strong academics, but student body is only 5-6K kids.  strong alumni assn and lots of ND wanna-be alums.  they earn less than Big 10 schools and their football has sucked recently.  and in their mind, they are the king - sort of like Florida does (only Florida wins now)

Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:35 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

The big ten would not let Cincinatti join,to small of stadium,West virginia horrible academics.And Penn state would argue against pitt.So i would have to say rutgers,they dont have too many viewers but big ten network does not run on viewers because you pay no matter what.So they are in.Iowa state, Iowa rivalry.Missouri,Illinois rivalry,Nebraska,Doesnt like the money payout in Big 12.Kansas follows, and my shocker Kentucky.Makes the big ten a football power aslo a basketball confrences that is equaled by none

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 10:15 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Nebraska would be the best fit. Nebraska has a great football tradition, as good as michigan and ohio st, and as a hawkeye fan, i would love to see iowa play nebraska every year. the big 12 also has a weighted payout scale, so if they arent on national tv, they dont get as much as texas and oklahoma, whereas the big 10 shares thier tv revenue equally.

Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:57 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Great haul on the Okla. reference.  Nebraska would bring TV, academics and a host of other sports Nebraska brings to the table.

Since: Jun 11, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:53 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

You're dreaming.  You can't forget the academic side of the coin.  Boise has no chance.  (cow pasture, no TV impact)  ND is a natural, Nebraska as well, but they are part of the gle of the Big 12, won't happen.  WV would widen the scope for TV, also a good chance.  Cincy won't add academics or TV like Rutgers or Pittsburgh would.  Final choice, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, ND in that order.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:52 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

I believe Nebraska might take a serious look at this.  Osbourne might still have some bad feelings about most /all the power in the Big 12 shifting to the south with the Texas teams.  A plus would be possibly renewing an annual match up with Oklahoma.  A great traditional rivalry that, while not all Big 10, would add to the Big 10 classic rivalries.  This also makes good goegraghic sense.  I would look forward to an annual meeting with Iowa, Ohio St. (Bo's home state) games and Penn St.

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:51 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

No, no, no, no and no.

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:47 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

As an ECU student, I wholeheartedly support this move, because it will force the Big East to split off its basketball-only schools and expand the conference.  With the Big 10 having a conference game, it would make 4 of 6 BCS conferences with championship games, and the Big East would have to play keep up.

Since: Jun 5, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:36 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

3 - 5 Teams:
Notre DameNebraskaBoise StateWest VirginiaCincinnati

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