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Big Ten and other Conference Expansion

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Mike80, Jul 26, 2007.

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Which Teams Should the Big Ten Add? (please limit to four selections)

  1. Boston College

    29 vote(s)
    10.0%
  2. Cincinnati

    17 vote(s)
    5.9%
  3. Connecticut

    6 vote(s)
    2.1%
  4. Duke

    17 vote(s)
    5.9%
  5. Georgia Tech

    50 vote(s)
    17.3%
  6. Kansas

    44 vote(s)
    15.2%
  7. Maryland

    68 vote(s)
    23.5%
  8. Missouri

    91 vote(s)
    31.5%
  9. North Carolina

    29 vote(s)
    10.0%
  10. Notre Dame

    196 vote(s)
    67.8%
  11. Oklahoma

    74 vote(s)
    25.6%
  12. Pittsburgh

    41 vote(s)
    14.2%
  13. Rutgers

    38 vote(s)
    13.1%
  14. Syracuse

    17 vote(s)
    5.9%
  15. Texas

    120 vote(s)
    41.5%
  16. Vanderbilt

    13 vote(s)
    4.5%
  17. Virginia

    39 vote(s)
    13.5%
  18. Virginia Tech

    58 vote(s)
    20.1%
  19. Stay at 12 teams and don't expand

    25 vote(s)
    8.7%
  20. Add some other school(s) not listed

    14 vote(s)
    4.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. DaveyBoy

    DaveyBoy Our Honor Defend

    :cheers:



     
  2. southcampus

    southcampus Go Bucks

    As I understand it, Kevin Plank has been behind the jersey innovation at Maryland through his company, Under Armour. I don't find it too far fetched to think he'll be donating a ton of money to improve facilities, etc.
     
  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Interesting Forbes article:

    Could Under Armour Billionaire Kevin Plank Bankroll Maryland's Move To The Big Ten?
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/brianso...plank-bankroll-marylands-move-to-the-big-ten/
     
  4. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.

    I don't think I've ever seen boards as giddy as the Rutgers boards are today.
     
  5. Roundabout

    Roundabout Rookie

    Overseas at the moment...

    So my only TV sports channel is ESPN America and don't get tons good sports coverage to say the least. I taped around the horn and PTI this morning (Monday nights shows), and sure seems like the network is in total spin mode. Made sure it wasn't mentioned till the 2nd or 3rd segments then it was short sweet and negative.

    Anybody seeing any coverage that is positive on the "mothership"?

    I Understand the picks myself and think 2 more teams are needed and those two should be for quality sports teams now that we have expanded the TV footprint. Kansas and or Oklahoma if we go west, and Syracuse... and ? if we go east would be my picks. 1 eastern team is enough IMO though, unless we boot PSU then take both and laugh at PSU as it looks for somebody to pamper to there needs and go down the tube.
     
  6. Mrstickball

    Mrstickball Sophmore

    Given what Nike's founder Phil Knight has done with Oregon, it shouldn't be much of a stretch to think that Kevin Plank wants to do the same with Maryland.

    Its a struggling program he can "Buy" on the cheap to represent the Under Armour brand. Better yet, he could probably leverage any potential success to get the other Big Ten teams to start shrugging off Nike and pick Under Armour.
     
  7. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member

    They're going to wind up building statues in honor of Robert Mulcahy. Like a kid taking out a five-figure loan to go to school in hopes it'll keep him from hanging drywall for the rest of his life, Mulcahy made an enormous gamble in RU athletics around 15 years ago because he had the foresight (with the berth of the first BCS system) to see that either you commited to football or you wouldn't be part of the future landscape.

    The thing is RU hadn't been a doormat because of demographics or lack of high school talent, it'd been largely thanks to political meddling and negligence. Personally, I've always thought RU could be a sleeping giant in football, even moreso than before given the mess at Penn St.

    I wonder if Greg Schiano is kicking himself right now?
     
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2012
  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Do you blame them? They just went from the outhouse (Big East) to the penthouse (B1G).:biggrin:
     
  9. BUCKYLE

    BUCKYLE Washed

    Link? Please. :lol:
     
  10. Dryden

    Dryden Sober as Sarkisian Staff Member

  11. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

  12. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.

    I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and give him a [Mark May]LOAD of money.

    Wait...I don't think I quoted that right...

    But I completely agree. If they dedicate the resources needed to be successful, they certainly can be given their demographics and talent base.
    :lol: Not at all. They just got pulled out of the burned down projects and put in the McMansion. I'd be giddy too.
     
  13. VBSJ

    VBSJ Newbie

    BTN doesn't have enough content for a BTN2, but handling the logistics/planning for the number of football games is going to be tricky. There are going to be even more overlapping games now.

    There might be a need to bring in a third network, similar to the Pac-12.

    Night games in November starting with the new TV contract is almost a given.
     
  14. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Re: Penn State alum here. Welcome to our conference. I believe the vast majority of us are happy to see Rutgers and MD join. However, you will see some of our fans whine about your entry (and MD's) for various reasons. My advice: Ignore them and celebrate your departure from a failing conference. I expect your local press to be positive about the move.


    One Penn State alum has some good advice. :biggrin:
     
  15. I'm glad I'm not the only one who does this.



    http://rutgers.rivals.com/showmsg.asp?fid=642&tid=160053473&mid=160053473&sid=988&style=2

     

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