Currently they have either large midwestern state schools or academically elite midwestern schools. Any universities out there that fit this mold (other than Notre Dame)?
And another side question, what would they rename it?
JK37 wrote:If the Big 10 picks Missouri:I don't see why the Big 10 doesn't go after Liberty, from what everyone is saying in the football board it seems like Lynchburg is at the center of every desirable media market.
The Big XII goes after Arkansas from the SEC, reuniting them with their old SWC buddies, a move I believe Arkansas would make .. as the dominoes fall, the SEC goes hunting, and they have options. FSU has tried, and has been blocked by UF in the past. Clemson was blackballed by USC years ago. I think West Virignia could become a seriously viable option to the SEC. Then, the Big East could go hunting in the CUSA for replacements.
If the Big 10 picks Rutgers/Syracuse (because no other BE schools fit the Big 10's high falutin mold):
The BE goes back to CUSA to find replacements, possibly ECU, Memphis, or could even invite Temple back from the MAC to grab the Philly market again. The worse thing here for the BE is losing the coveted NY market, and ABC/ESPN would null their contract and renegotiate, and certainly not for more money.
ESPN.com wrote:Big Ten to explore adding 12th memberClick here for Full Story
By Adam Rittenberg
The Big Ten Conference will actively explore the possibility of expansion in the next 12-18 months, according to a statement released Tuesday from the league's Council of Presidents/Chancellors.
At a Dec. 6 meeting at the Big Ten offices, the council (COP/C) asked league commissioner Jim Delany to begin the process of identifying and evaluating options for possible expansion from 11 to 12 teams. The Big Ten last expanded in 1989 with Penn State and hasn't seriously pursued the possibility since 1999, when it had discussions with Notre Dame.
"The COP/C believes that the timing is right for the conference to once again conduct a thorough evaluation of options for conference structure and expansion," the statement reads.
PAmedic wrote:you're absolutely right
BuryYourDuke wrote:Sorry Sly, there isn't a chance in hades that Arkansas leaves the SEC for the not so Big 12. No one is leaving the SEC by choice.One person says it, its hearsay. Two say it, you're still skeptical. But when serveral published potential scenarios by people far more itk than us count this as a viable option, you at least consider it.
JK37 wrote:THE BAD:As (I think) one of the few people on here that is actually a fan of a Big Ten team and in Big Ten land... All valid points. Cincy has no chance. They have a reputation in Ohio (at least if not elsewhere) of less than stellar academic standards and their basketball program is rife with accusations of impropriety (even after Huggins left). West V would have similar problems academically. Pitt is intriguing because of proximity and pretty good academic programs but again, don't see it happening.
Notre Dame - "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice..." The Bg Ten won't go back to them after being rejected once. Too proud. This annoucement (I can't recall anything so preemptive regarding conference realignment ever.), could be the final ditch effort at Notre Dame. In other words, they let them know the invitation is open (if ND asks first), and the Big 10 saves face. Either way, that ship has sailed. ND prides itself too much on its football independence.
Iowa State - Big 10 already possesses the largest school in the state. Plus, no new major markets, nor an academic upgrade. No go.
Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Louisville - pick one or more of the Iowa St. reasons listed above.
ALUmnus wrote:I would probably put Syracuse over Rutgers. If you've ever spent a lot of time in NY, you'd realize that no one around there cares about Rutgers, but Syracuse gets a lot of love. And I think BC has much better athletics than you're giving them credit for. As for Pitt, how would having an urban-style campus matter?BC - doesn't fit their geographic rules, and as someone previously pointed out - BC may not want into the Big 10.
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