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New developments in Big Ten expansion

Posted on: April 18, 2010 4:09 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2010 5:36 pm
 

It seems that some values may have to be compromised in this expansion-go-round that was turned up a notch on Sunday.

The Big Ten prides itself on the academic exclusivity of its institutions. All 11 universities are members of the Association of American Universities. As you can read here, the AAU is a "nonprofit organization of 62 leading public and private research universities in the United States and Canada.  Founded in 1900 to advance the international standing of U.S. research universities ...

"AAU member universities are on the leading edge of innovation, scholarship, and solutions that contribute to the nation's economy, security, and well-being.  The 60 AAU universities in the United States award more than one-half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in the sciences and engineering."

Neither Connecticut nor Notre Dame, two schools prominently mentioned in Big Ten expansion, are AAU members. One line of thinking has it that commissioner Jim Delany wants Connecticut because it would help the conference's reach in the Northeast (New England and New York area).  The addition of Notre Dame would have a national impact.

Even without Notre Dame, Delany could conceivably make a run at the New York market with a three-school combination of Rutgers, UConn and Syracuse. 

That's why Sunday's reported meeting of high-ranking Big Ten officials is so important. The Chicago Tribune reported Sunday that the conference's expansion timetable has moved up. It would have been easy for those Big Ten officials to meet considering the AAU is meeting in Washington D.C. through Tuesday. That's the same day as when the BCS meetings begin in Phoenix, lasting through Thursday.

Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman is one of the 11 members of the AAU's Executive Committee.

To get an idea of how academically exclusive the Big Ten is, consider that the BCS conference with next most AAU members is the Big 12 (seven). The Pac-10 has six.

Comments

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 7:18 pm
 

New developments in Big Ten expansion

Watered-down? Per U.S News and World Report, academically Uconn and Ruttgers tie at 66, Syracuse is 58th and Pitt is 56th. Don't get your feathers ruffled. Research dollars are paramount to what the CIC is all about and UConn doesn't bring enough in. That is not to say that it is not a fine academic institution.

 

J




Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 7:15 pm
 

New developments in Big Ten expansion

No, not central. Certainly not if they get Notre Dame, which is not an AAU member.

dd
Agreed. $$$$$$ will win out. I wonder if ND can join the B10 without becoming a memeber of the CIC.



Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:59 pm
 

New developments in Big Ten expansion

I think the most logical and geographical choices would be not just including sports and money would be. Notre Dame for the geography. Pitt for the geography and academics. Iowa State for the geography and academics also. Missouri for geography and Nebraska for the academics. 

Everone of these schools at least one sport that they are decent or really food Ex. Iowa States wrestling or a bigger fanbase Ex. Notre Dame

Meanwhile the Big 12 would add BYU and Utah for replacement, money, televison and fan base reasons. 

The WAC and the MWC would merge and create and another 16 team conference that I call the Western Sixteen Conference.

So everybody is happy except the PAC 10 and Big East, while the ACC is left alone.  Yah




Since: Apr 18, 2010
Posted on: April 18, 2010 6:06 pm
 

New developments in Big Ten expansion

Watered-down? Per U.S News and World Report, academically Uconn and Ruttgers tie at 66, Syracuse is 58th and Pitt is 56th.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: April 18, 2010 5:39 pm
 

New developments in Big Ten expansion

B.S.

No, not central. Certainly not if they get Notre Dame, which is not an AAU member.

dd



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 5:16 pm
 

New developments in Big Ten expansion

Thanks for finally mentioning what I emailed you about three months ago, i.e. the academic priority of the Big Ten conference. This has been a central part of the search from the start.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 18, 2010 5:02 pm
 

New developments in Big Ten expansion

I really think you should have mentioned the Big Ten's relationship to the CIC but I can see why you didn't. 

As for UConn, I don't think the added benefit of another East Coast (assuming they get Rutgers) would justify watering down the conference's academic standings. I really believe that ND is the only non-AAU school that would receive an invite.

I really think Rutgers and Mizzou are locks to get an invite with ND, Pitt, Nebraska and Texas getting a look for the 14th spot. My gut says $$$$'s win out and ND gets the nod although, personally, I would rather see Pitt.

I also think it is possible to see two additional Big 12 schools join to make it 16. There is an awful lot of pressure on the Big 12 with the Big Ten and Pac 10 looking to expand and I can see them losing additional schools. If this happens I would look at ISU and Nebraska with Texas as a longshot.

Jalopy




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