Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by Mike80, Jul 26, 2007.
Not to nitpick, but Dartmouth isn't a University.
Exactly. Many college rankings are derived from the volume of research/grad work published. For this reason, smaller liberal arts schools and the non-research oriented schools (Dartmouth and my school) are not as well represented. Princeton seems to be the anomaly
Plenty of research is done at Princeton.
Also, the rankings are of colleges and universities in aggregate.
I'm not suggesting this list is more or less valid than any other; it's just the first time I've seen it.
I think you're poking at all the right areas that would need to be worked out.
Off the top of my head:
The schools would not gain ownership stakes in the BTN so some sort of media deal would of course have to be worked out. I'm of the mind that more content is a very good thing. Is the BTN really so overloaded that there isn't room for more games? I tend to think more programming would be a godsend.
A few of the schools other people have mentioned Rutgers, Maryland etc would be very unlikely to be targets for the associate league. Would in the world would Maryland have to gain? Joining the B1G as a full member would be attractive but otherwise they'd be much better off staying in the ACC.
Rutgers would only be feasible if the Big East finally disintegrates and has no where else to go. Realistically the same is probably true for UConn, I mainly included them because of their natural fit with some of the other schools I mentioned.
The primary idea is to help get a foothold in new regions & to have some measure of control over the growth of some potential future members (remember we're talking '100 year decisions') rather than relying on the current chaos to potentially spit out someone viable.
Since Max posted the new THE numbers I might as well include the link to my updated composite FBS school rankings.
They do, but their grad programs are much smaller in relation to their undergraduate work, which is why they are the anomaly.
I like these rankings better, and not just because they have Nebraska ranked in the 151-200 range. (Seriously, I get that we aren't exactly Harvard, but not in the Top 400, wtf? Especially with some of the schools that they do have in there.)
If you look at the methodology for these rankings you'll see that it's geared heavily towards the quality of the research the university does, and the faculty that they have. Those are the things that the Big Ten is interested in.
9 University of Chicago
17 University of Wisconsin - Madison
22 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
25 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
28 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
29 Northwestern University (This is the one thing I don't like about these rankings, Northwestern should be higher.)
43 Pennsylvania State University - University Park
59 The Ohio State University - Columbus
69 Purdue University - West Lafayette
86 Michigan State University
90 Indiana University Bloomington
101-150 University of Iowa
151-200 University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Also of note:
27 University of Toronto
201-300 University of Notre Dame (ND's weak grad and research programs really kill them in these rankings.)
Maryland to the B1G rumors starting up again.
Allegedly some radio stations have reported that discussions are underway between the conference & the Terrapins.
Frank the Tank
Also a thread about it on the Scout premium board.
So any 97.1 listeners know what (if anything) was actually said?
I'm good with it if they are the throw-in school after UVA
I'm good with it if they are the replacement for Penn State.
Maryland? Meh. I'm content with the way the conference in its current state. It's harder to take them seriously with the ridiculous clown outfits they like to wear.
Makes you wonder how much validity there is to this. I can't imagine these talks are taking place without another school also looking to join. Any idea what school that might be?
Sounds like the Pitt to Big Ten rumors from some years ago..
I can imagine it happening in a vacuum. This is Delaney we are talking about here.....
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