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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: Jan 18, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:34 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

This is a pretty good assessment of what the Big Ten will eventually do.  Football is important, but not the sole criteria foe expansion. Look for good academics, overall quality of atheletics, and potential for tv revenue. I predict 1) Pittsburgh, 2) Missouri, 3) Syracuse, and 4) Rutgers. Notre Dame won't be invited first, having spurned the Big Ten's offer earlier. But keep an eye out for an uneven number of teams in the league so that Notre Dame or Rutgers could be added later.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:32 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

DC...I refuse to be one of the people that talks trash about Boise non stop. yes i have had moments where i thought you didnt belong where you were placed in polls and bowl games. but you guys just keep on beating anyone and everyone put in your way. I would love to see you join a big conference and see what you can do against BCS 8 games a year instead of the rather weak conference your in. As an Iowa fan i was wanting a matchup against you bad in the Fiesta bowl. Would have made for a great game. But the BCS didnt want to risk 2 non-bcs teams (TCU and Boise) beating BCS teams...that would have just caused chaos

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:29 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Fireman....thanks for the props!  However, I made up those divisions to keep in-state rivalries and border rivalries intact and it's how it will have to be most likely.  Purdue/Indiana, Pitt/Penn St, Mich/MSU, Illinois/Northwestern are all big in-state rivals.  Border rivalries like Illinois/Missouri, Minn/Wisconsin, Iowa/Nebraska.  These in-state rivalry games are sellouts regardless of how good/bad each team is and are important to competition in the same division not just conference.

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

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

Looking at these divisions, it's fairly balanced in the two major money-making sports, football and men's bball.  MSU, OSU, Indiana, Purdue and Pitt all have great bball programs.  Missouri and Iowa will regain their bball status soon, Illinois is on the verge of perennial powerhouse, Wisconsin is always a force and Minnesota with Tubby is tough too. 

Furthermore, adding Nebraska, Missouri and Pittsburgh adds 3 incredible institutions to the already star-studded Big Ten schools academically and will only enhance our conference's stellar stigma. 

SEC has football and that's it.  They're a great conference but won't come close to the Big Ten if this goes through.

Since: Feb 5, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:26 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

"Boise has no chance.  (cow pasture, no TV impact)"??????  
Come to Bronco country son. BSU plays over half their season on ESPN, ESPN2, (possibly ABC), and CBS this year. They've had half their games the past few years on ESPN/ESPN2 as well. Look at their tv ratings on their BCS Bowl games also. How about you open mouth, and insert both feet. You obviously know a lot about nothing.
... And Boise State wrestling has dominated in the PAC-10 the past few years. Who is your favorite football team anyway? I'd like to know so I can laugh when they get stomped by BSU.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:25 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

If it is not the SEC expanding,who cares! Little 10 is a non factor in football every year. Ohio State is the SEC's patsy-keep whining Suckeyes and lose to SEC team every year. Suckeyes have NEVER beaten a SEC team in a bowl game.
Rose Bowl:
#8 Ohio State 26
#7 Oregon 17

Orange Bowl: 
#10 Iowa 24
#9 Georgia Tech 14

Capital One Bowl:
#13 Penn State 19
#12 LSU 17

Champs Sports Bowl:
#25 Wisconsin 20
#15 Miami (Fla) 14

If "non-factor EVERY year" means a 4-0 record against the BCS top 15 (and all of the opponents were rated higher by the way), then I guess you're right, kingfishvol. Seriously. The Big 10 has earned a one-year vacation from knucklehead posts like that.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:23 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

I'm getting a kick out of hearing everyone talk up Nebraska.  Nub has never been a serious candidate except on the blogs.  The Big Ten will make a lot of noise about academics and such, but this comes down to one thing: media markets.  That's where the money is.  If only one team is accepted, then the choices are obvious: New York market, Missouri market, everyone else.  Nub might get the nod if more than one team is taken, but they will never be the first choice no matter how frantically Tom Osbourne waves his arms in the air.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:19 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Great analysis.... very analytical.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:13 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

I really doubt Kentucky would be in the mix as an earlier poster mentioned, but if UK is under consideration, it would definitely impact the SEC.  Arkansas has yearned to re-new rivalries with Texas and Texas A & M ever since the Southwest Conference folded.  If Kentucky were to be one of the three or five schools under consideration, I could see the SEC go after Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and possibly Miami, especially if Arkansas decided to jump to the Big 12.  For the Big 10, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Iowa State, Missouri, and Nebraska would all be viable additions.  Lost in all this discussion is the Pac-10.  Will they be looking to add Utah and Colorado as rumored in the past or are there other schools on their radar?  By Labor Day, conference expansion/re-constitution could be the focus of college football discussions rather than the 2010 season kickoff itself.  Also to consider is the financial penalty schools could incur from their leagues if they decided to bolt.  Right now, Notre Dame is the only college among those rumored to make move in a different direction that wouldn't have to worry about such "exit fees".

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 1:05 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

First of all...Kingfishvol... I will agree that the SEC has been the better conference as of late.  Bama, Florida and LSU have carried the conference to power. But, dont knock all the Big Ten just because OSU came up short. Look at Iowa for instance. Their record against the SEC is 4-2. Victories in 82 Peach vs Tenn. 28 to 22, 04 Outback vs Florida 37 to 17, 05 Capital One vs LSU 30 to 25 and the 09 Outback vs South Carolina 31 to 10. Thats an average margin of victory of 13 points a game. In the 2 losses vs the SEC. 83 Gator vs Florida 14 to 6 and the 06 Outback vs Florida 31 to 24 (winning TD was on a bad call by the officals as said by multiple heads of officiating). But none the less thats an average margin of victory for the SEC of 7.5 points per game. So based on that I would say that Iowa holds its own with the SEC whenever they meet. Was OSU outplayed in the back to back title games. Hell yes, but at least they go there... By the your Vols lookin this year?? I mean cant be that great if your coach bolts after 1 yesr to go to USC when they are possibly in trouble with the NCAA for the Reggie Bush deal....

Topp.... i love the teams you have coming to the Big Ten. Would make our conference better. But, i would rather see the East take Illinois and let the West have Michigan. That way the East has: OSU, Pitt, Penn State and Michigan State as power teams and the West has Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan and Wisconsin. Granted Mizz can be a good team but not the caliber of the others listed

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:47 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Nebraska, Missouri, and Pitt will be the top 3 choices.  If all in, it would make two divisions, east and west.

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

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

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