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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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Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:40 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Notre Dame is not going anywhere as long as they have that fat tv contract. Rutgers is technically in the NYC tv market. Big Tv market last time i checked. Football wise Nd is a way better fit.



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:38 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

hockeytown wrote: Rutgers, too small, not enough tradition (I know they played the first game and blah, blah, blah but they went to their first bowl game not to long ago), not a big enough market.
Wow, you need to be educated on the 'too small' and 'not a big enough market'. Rutgers has a larger enrollment than a number of B10 schools and would bring to the Big Ten Network multi-million $'s through increased fees for cable customers. There is no larger TV market than NYC. And NJ falls 3rd on the list.
For those that think Syracuse would bring the same market you are wrong. Syracuse is over 4hrs from NYC and not it the NYC media market. Look at a map sometime and see. Also, Rutgers graduates almost as many students a year as Syracuse has total enrollment.



Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:06 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Big 10 = 11 Teams+5 = Sweet 16?



Since: Mar 24, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 9:03 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

" They are a bunch of snobbs that think they are better than everyone."  hahaha This after your comment about ISU,  Hawks are haters.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 8:44 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

So here are some basics. The Big Ten will not go too far South (rules out Texas) or too far West (rules out Boise plus Boise doesn't make since for size/basketball/academics/other sports).

ND makes perfect since for the Big Ten obviously (rivals, location, academics, tradition) the only barrier to this is that it may not make sense for ND (NBC = $$$, Couldn't likely play USC, Navy and all those non-Big Ten teams they love to play).

Pitt also makes sense for the Big Ten (strong atheletics in general, location, academics). The argument that Penn State would complain I don't really think makes much sense anyway. I don't know if Pitt would leave because of their basktetball though (average to good Big East teams are automatically looked at as top 20 teams. They would play lesser competition in the Big Ten).

Rutgers, too small, not enough tradition (I know they played the first game and blah, blah, blah but they went to their first bowl game not to long ago), not a big enough market.

Nebraska. obviously would match for football prowess and their location makes sense. It would be a good deal for them especially since they would probably get more money and could play the Sooners again every year. May not quite make sense academically or for basketball but Nebraska has some other pretty good athletic programs.

West Virginia does not fit at all for Academics (but who says Ohio State is a great academic institution). Probably the biggest stretch on this list for that category. Kind of a smaller school but they have good athletic programs and would expand the Big Ten market further south even though they don't have a huge market. They still could play Pitt every year. Makes sense for them but I am not sure they would be the best option for the Big Ten.

Missouri I see as very similar to Iowa. Maybe not the strongest tradition but they are in a good location and could compete.

As a Big Ten fan (raised in Michigan, a student at Penn State), I would love to see the Big Ten pick up WVU, Pitt and ND. This would give the Big Ten about 4-5 more good rivaly games and thats what fans love. Also Pitt and ND fith the academic mold (2/3 aint bad). All are located in the big then region and have good athletics overall. If they picked up 5 teams I think they should go Missouri then Nebraska.

It solves everyones problems if only ND joins. It doesn't screw up the Big East or Big 12 allignments and it give the Big Ten 12 teams for a playoff.



Since: Mar 26, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 8:36 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Look for the Big 10 to work out a compromise with Notre Dame, where all of ND's sports except football join the Big 10.
The Big Ten will not change its procedures to accommodate Notre Dame; this isn't the Big East. ND will play a full conference football schedule or not become a member at all. About the only agreement the conference would make would be to preserve ND's football games with Purdue, Michigan State and Michigan.

In all sports, Big 10 will add Missouri, Syracuse, Rutgers, Pitt, and Connecticut.  Yes, UConn: both for further clamping down the NYC market, and because of UConn's strength in both men's and women's basketball
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Nope. Notre Dame might be able to join the Big Ten without AAU membership, but not Connecticut. It's still a relative newcomer to big-time athletics, and its obnoxious, nouveau riche fan base wouldn't blend well with the old-money Big Ten crowd. Forget Connecticut in the Big Ten.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 8:29 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Nebraska, Missouri, Pitt. 

East Division:  Pitt, Penn St, Ohio St, Purdue, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan St

West Division:  Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Northwestern.


Notre Dame may follow if we add Nebraska and a conference title game to the Big Ten for football.  This alignment also keeps in-state rivals and border rivals in the same divisions.  Also, all 3 are AAU insitutions and meet Big Ten academic standards and geographically make sense.  Thoughts?



Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 8:17 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

NO NO NO....  No Expansion.  the big ten has standards



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 8:15 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

sunonomo:  Of the schools you listed, only Notre Dame meets the Big Ten's minimum academic standards.  Notre Dame has made it clear in the past that they are not interested - despite being a perfect fit.

3-5 teams is a lot... I'm not sure there are that many good fits out there.  I still like Pitt in a one team expansion. 




Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 7:52 pm
 

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Is this actually going to happen?


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