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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: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2010 8:47 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Please leave Syracuse out of it. I know that you would help our football program but Basketball please we would enter the league as the best team I would rather join the ACC. Your football is great your basketball sucks to say the least. I go to the Big East Tournament every year NYC its the best four hours from Syracuse, But have to travel 13 hours to Indy that would just suck PLEASE LEAVE US ALONE. Yell

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2010 6:22 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

With all the talk about trying to force ND's hand to join the B11, don;t you think now the last thing they'll do is join it now and be seen as some school backed  into a corner?  At worst, it may force ND into a league alright - a 14-team ACC (with Syracuse) - which puts ND in league with similar institutions - top ranked private schools like BC, Duke, WF, Cuse, etc. - that care about undergrad education (unlike the AAU schools' focus on graduate) revives the Miami rivalry, keeps the BC rivarly going and leaves enough non-conf games to keep USC, Michigan, Navy, and one or two others. An ACC with ND generates as much or more TV cash than the Mediocre 16.

Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2010 5:36 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

As a good friend of mine used to say. let me tell you what's the truth! Apparently what is good for the goose etc, etc, and etc. After bemoaning the 16 team roster of the Big East for years our friends at the Big 10 might become the Big 16.  I guess 16 teams are not that difficult to manage after all, particularly if the Big ? decides to do it.

Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2010 2:19 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

I was doing more reading and research on the Big 10 expansion and found a few links very interesting. They are too larger to just include their content here. Instead, I’ll just list them and if you have the time you can read the whole thing. They are all from the same blog site  but they are well worth reading in regards to the Big 10’s expansion possibilities.


Onthe_banks, this first one should interest you.






Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: April 19, 2010 11:46 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

No offense about WVU and it's 24 Rhodes Scholarships, but what about the other 12,345,678 hillbillies that have attended the college? Nebaska has the most academic all-american athletes of all time, but people still discredit Nebraska and their education.  It simply comes down to items such as AAU membership, endowments, research facilities, school rankings (i.e. US News), and perceived academic prestige.  Having 24 gifted students doesn't make your school an academic hot bed...

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 9:50 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

As a West Virginia University Alum I have read with a lot of trepidation about who will or won't be a part of the Big Ten expansion.  I realize that, in general, it may be a foregone conclusion that West Virginia will not be one of the teams taken. I accept this and I believe that WVU would fit better in the SEC in my opinion. But, I will not sit idly by while clueless people talk about the academic record of West Virginia. Numerous people here, on this site and in other places have stated that WVU has a "horrible" academic reputation. I beg to differ. How do you measure academic reputation? I believe if you need to boil it down to a single number, the number of Rhodes Scholars produced would be a far better proxy than the arbitrary ratings of list makers (This could be a subject of a whole other thread).

If you take this measure as a proxy for academic reputation, WVUs academics would be third in a conference that can't even correctly count its members (That is wonderful academics right there). Only Michigan (25) and Wisconsin (29) would have produced more Rhodes Scholars than WVU. Minnesota also produced 24 to equal WVU. To add insult to the stupidity that has already been perpetrated, WVU has produced more Rhodes Scholars than any of the schools mentioned for inclusion. In fact, Pick any 3 schools mentioned and ADD their Rhodes Scholars TOGETHER and they STILL don't beat WVU.

The real fact is that this is ALL about MONEY. Don't ever let the presidents of the universities tell you it isn't.

The fact is the Big Ten/Eleven will not add WVU because of the stigma that everyone that goes there is some sort of shoeless hillbilly. This, of course, shows the ignorance of the average person looking at this issue.

Just trying to set the record straight.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: April 19, 2010 8:58 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

if and when expansion happens im going with the media numbers, the TEN would double there MEDIA numbers by going for only eastern seaboard teams, id have start whith the NEW ENGLAND market, then the NEW YORK & NORTH JERSEY MAEKET then the PHILLY SOUTH JERSEY market, after that the BALTIMORE WASHINGTON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA NORTHERN VIRGINIA market, with these MEDIA numbers the OLD BIG-X would transform itself into the really BIG-NORTH XVI, this would translate into MEGA-MEDIA DOLLARS with a MEDIA footprint twice the size of any other confernce, the MRDIA payout would be phenominal !





the rivalry print would be great, the competition would be great for all the schools represented !

Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: April 19, 2010 4:20 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

NitroBuck you're missing the point.  Syracuse is not in the NYC media market, it's over 4 hrs away from NYC. It doesn't mean anything even if there were 3 million Syracuse fans in NYC.  The cable companies pay a monthly fee based on the number of people who have subscribed to their cable network within the media market.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2010 2:59 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Sparty:  interesting take on the east coast media bias.

Why Iowa St?  It is a decent regional and academic fit, but what does ISU bring to the table in terms of media draw?  That state has a relatively small population, which is already covered by Iowa.  The Big Ten would do better to bring in Missouri or Nebraska on the western front, Kentucky to the south, or any number of schools in the east.  The key here is bringing in NEW media markets, in addition to meeting the academic and regional requirements.  In my mind, ISU and Pitt can be ruled out because their media markets are already covered by other Big Ten schools.  As a result, I doubt that they bring enough to the financial table to ensure that all of the schools end up with a larger slice of pie.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: April 19, 2010 2:35 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

onthe_banks:  Good point about the NYC (#1) market.  However, I am not sure how much of a draw Rutgers would bring to the Philly (#4) market.  Especially when you consider that the Big Ten already has a larger share of this market because of Penn St..  Outside of Notre Dame, the real prize would be the NYC market.  I have read that Syracuse also has a significant following in NYC, particularly in basketball.  In addition to bringing in the upstate NY market, having Syracuse and Rutgers to tag-team the NYC market may be a winning combination.  Some people also mention U-Conn to make that a trifecta.

After ND and schools in the NYC market, Missouri is the next most desireable school in terms of market, as Mizzou would bring access to the St Louis and KC markets (I'm ignoring Texas due to it's poor regional fit).  Interestingly enough, I read an article a couple weeks ago that mentioned raiding the ACC for Maryland, UVA, Duke and UNC, which said those schools would bring over 9 Million housholds.  Personally, I can't see that happening, but it is food for thought.

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