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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: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 7:14 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

I was going to name them the WOODY AND BO divisions, but I didn't think mich would want to be in the woody division

Since: Dec 9, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 7:11 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

I for one want osu mich to continue as last game. I have seen a lot of breakdowns of divisions to be nrth/south or east /west. screw geographics, lets do it like this.  Lakes Division = ohio st, mich, mich st, Ill, N.western    &n
bsp;  Land Division = penn st, Iowa, wisc, ind, pur, minn   then insert the newcomers where thy fit best, depending on who they are. Also, you would play one or two cross division games each year

Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 7:09 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Boise has no chance.  (cow pasture, no TV impact)

You're right about the Broncos having no chance, but you are so ignorant.

Cow pasture?  Have you ever been to the mid-west?  Ever driven through Wisconsin or Iowa?  Granted Idaho is one of the major suppliers of dairy to the western United States.  They along with the with the folks down in the San Juaquin Valley (Fresno) of California have made a football rivalry focused around that competition.

No TV impact?  Well, that must be because ESPN is only willing to broadcast 7 of the regular season games on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU (if you have Direct TV, you can see every game with the College Gameplan).  The Wyoming game is set to be broadcast on a CBS network.  ESPN will probably broadcast the Oregon St. game on ABC if the Broncos are undefeated.  And don't be surprised if you see College GameDay being broadcast from the Boise St. campus. 

There are Big 10 teams that wish they could get as much national broadcast attention as Boise State.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:49 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

This is a great move.  Outside of scUM and OSU, no one cares about their end of year ivaliry game.  We really don't.  If that gets crewed up, so be it.  The conference is MUCH bigger han scUM/OSU.

You just can't say no to the bigger paydays and wider coverage/reach round the country. 

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:40 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

ND is not a research school. They are not wanted in the BIG 10 Which is why they have been invited two times before and the Big Ten commissioner has been on record saying that if Notre Dame wanted to join the Big Ten, the door would always be open.

Don't kid yourself. The easiest and most logical answer would be Notre Dame to the Big 10. Notre Dame already has long-established rivalries with Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue, is geographically suited for the conference, and would make a whole lot of money both for itself and for the rest of the conference. That NBC deal isn't worth as much as you think.

By the way, all of you people who keep saying Texas would want to leave the Big 12 for the Big Ten are forgetting all of the rivalries Texas is involved in. They wouldn't be able to play Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech all in non-conference unless they completely abandoned any other non-conference games during the football season.

East coast-wise, East Carolina is behind Richmond, Rhode Island and Massachussetts in terms of schools that the Big East would promote if Rutgers, Syracuse, or Pittsburgh left. Syracuse would probably not want to leave its established basketball rivalries with Villanova and Georgetown, but money does have a strange habit of doing things one would not expect.

Since: Oct 26, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:37 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

I would like to see Pitt in the Big Ten to renew the rivalry with Penn State

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:37 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.  ND football will remain technically independent, but with some sort of scheduling proviso that ND play at least 5 games vs. the Big 10 each year (the present MSU-Michigan-Purdue, plus at least 2 more).   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.

Since: Oct 25, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:31 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

ND is not a research school. They are not wanted in the BIG 10 nor do they qualify. They are too busy looking into being a football team in one conference, a basketball team in another conference, a tiddlywink team in another conference, etc. They only want to play where they have big advantages  and can keep their tv contracts. ND is a has-been school.

Since: Jul 20, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:17 pm

Huskers have a NATIONAL fan base.

I for one would also believe it when I saw it that Nebraska would join the Big 10. However they would bring a national audience for football which the Mizzou Tigercats cannot bring.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 5:52 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Notre Dame has had the chance, let them be in the Notre Dame league. One team at a time. Big East has already had drop outs over the years to the ACC. Ask Pittsburg and you would increase the rivalry between them and Penn State and at the same time add a good program to the Big Ten. 12 teams for now, little steps. I would also lkie to add my thoughts on playoffs. Simple, little steps. 1 plays 4 and 2 plays 3. The next week the championship. Use the BOWLS involved and all you do is a 1 game for 2 teams. I don.t think either team would mind playing that extra game!!!!!

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