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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 24, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:39 pm

Yawn! Who Cares!

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.

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:35 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

They have reached out to Texas, but Texas A & M may have to be part of the deal.  If so , then why would Nebraska and Olka hang around?  Texas , T A&M Okla, Neb, Pitt would be ideal, but moe likely it will be Missouri Rutgers, Pitt and who ever.  ND will miss the boat and get stuck in the Big East

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:34 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

ps...Do not rule out the Longhorns

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:33 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

The Three teams selected will come from these


Mark that down

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:30 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

The Three teams will be

Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:23 pm

AAU is a big deal to the Big Ten. Who's in it?

"The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an association of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.

Membership in AAU is by invitation and is based on the high quality of programs of academic research and scholarship and undergraduate, graduate, and professional education in a number of fields, as well as general recognition that a university is outstanding by reason of the excellence of its research and education programs."  (From the AAU's website.)

Q.  So who on that list plays FBS football and is in the AAU, and not already in the Big Ten?

A.  Duke, Iowa State, Rice, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas A&M, Tulane, Arizona, Buffalo, Cal, UCLA, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pitt, USC, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Vanderbilt.

The Big Ten cares a lot about the AAU.  The only school not on that list that the Big Ten would even consider is Notre Dame.

AAU Member Institutions and Years of Admission 

Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:23 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

@cubs lose:

Checxk your facts, ND has roughly 11,700 kids on campus. ND has one of the largest endowment funds of any school, so their "wanna-be alum" have pretty much more pull than any other schools alum. How $5,000,000,000 sound for donations?!? They would be a great fit for expansion, all around. Top 40 teams in all sports at the minimum. Top Academic school, in the top 20, top law school in the top 20. The largest fan base of ANY college that exist.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:18 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

As an Iowa fan, ISU has NO place in the Big Ten. They bring nothing to the table. This is the HAWKEYE state afterall so what would we gain?? Nebraska is a clear choice. They bring a lot to the table. ND can jump off a damn cliff for all i care. They are a bunch of snobbs that think they are better than everyone. When was the last time you won anything ND?? Shut up until you do. Rutgers or Syracuse makes sense cause of the NY TV market. More $ for Pitt, they get my vote. Who cares what Joe Pa thinks. I respect the man 100% but how much longer is he really going to be there?? Pitt vs PSU just makes sense. Ranks up there with OSU vs Michigan and what could be Iowa vs Nabraska someday....

Since: Dec 23, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 12:16 pm

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

"in fact of all major BCS conferences not a single one comes close to the big ten in academics"

Really?  Doesn't come close?  I don't have data, and apparently you don't either, but I would think you'd agree that the Pac-10 has some pretty good schools, academically.  Stanford, Cal, UCLA, USC are all top-notch universities.  And I am fairly certain that the Washingtons, Oregons and Arizonas are all good, as well.  And  before you get your panties bunched, I don't care about which conference is better academically...I'm only saying that before we start puffing our chest out with random, unsupported statements, about sports or otherwise, let's think first.

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 11:59 am

Big Ten expansion timetable moving up?

Being a student at Penn State from Pittsburgh, I would LOVE for Pitt to join the Big 10. 

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