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Big Ten and other Conference Expansion

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


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

  1. Boston College

    29 vote(s)
  2. Cincinnati

    17 vote(s)
  3. Connecticut

    6 vote(s)
  4. Duke

    17 vote(s)
  5. Georgia Tech

    50 vote(s)
  6. Kansas

    43 vote(s)
  7. Maryland

    66 vote(s)
  8. Missouri

    91 vote(s)
  9. North Carolina

    27 vote(s)
  10. Notre Dame

    195 vote(s)
  11. Oklahoma

    72 vote(s)
  12. Pittsburgh

    41 vote(s)
  13. Rutgers

    38 vote(s)
  14. Syracuse

    17 vote(s)
  15. Texas

    118 vote(s)
  16. Vanderbilt

    13 vote(s)
  17. Virginia

    38 vote(s)
  18. Virginia Tech

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

    24 vote(s)
  20. Add some other school(s) not listed

    14 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Bucky32

    Bucky32 Senior

    Abenaki likes this.
  2. Mrstickball

    Mrstickball Sophmore

    Other than the driving distance for the other division, it's great.

    I read the comments - MGO really doesn't know if Buckeye fans want Michigan in their division? I'm pretty sure that most of BP was going to go raze Gene Smith and Jim Delaney's houses if they put them in opposite divisions & changed the rivalry game.
  3. Bucky32

    Bucky32 Senior

    Right, I think he did a pretty good job of trying to rationalize the factor of driving distance. Ultimately, either distance, geographic sense, or rivalries will need to be compromised, and I think Seth explained his thought process pretty well.
  4. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.


  5. Bucky32

    Bucky32 Senior

    [Mark May]. "Seth" obviously plagiarized. Fucking Seth.
  6. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.

    Clearly. You think a good idea came from a Michigan fan?

    He does some good work with regards to travel and division strengths. I was just eyeballing it and it made sense to me.
    BuckTwenty likes this.
  7. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    FWIW the last time around the idea of edges & middle divisions was very unpopular with the fans of the schools that would get stuck into them (PSU fans especially). I don't know if adding the two east coast teams will help allay the concerns over having to fly over the rest of the conference to get to to most of the divisional rivals or not.

    Also it looks like TSUN is going to try & push to get into the 'eastern' division so that they get more games on the east coast. Since they pushed so hard to get into the western side last time I saw fuck 'em, go rot on the plains with the rest of the schools with no local recruiting grounds.

    (Yes I know I've argued for exactly that same type of alignment in the past)
  8. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    In hoping that hockey was at least a small part of the equation for Big Ten expansion, I sure as [Mark May] wasn't talking about this madness!!!!

    I have to hand it to 'em though. They at least think big.
  9. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    I'd rather the B1G offer John Hopkins partial membership for Lacrosse only & let them join the CIC.
  10. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

    meh, the less east-coast lacrosse douchism, the better
  11. VBSJ

    VBSJ Newbie

    What you need is basically for club teams (Illinois, Indiana, Rutgers, etc.) to become varsity, like Penn State, but it would take a very heavy financial commitment from the university/athletic department.

    I'm sure BTN wouldn't mind the extra coverage with more schools playing hockey.

    This is similar to how at least one of the next two schools will have a men's lacrosse team, so the Big Ten can start its own men's lacrosse league (w/ at least six schools)
  12. DaveyBoy

    DaveyBoy Our Honor Defend

    well, when I played lacrosse we were one of only 2 varsity teams in the Midwest. The rule was that the club teams had to supply the kegs of beer.

    So I'm all in favor of IU, UI, and RU retaining their club status.

  13. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.

    1) Fuck PSU fans.
    2) Fuck Michigan.
    3) One of the three of A) Geography B) Rivalries or C) Competitive balance has to give. Which one do they want it to be? As a fan, I'm willing to bend on 1) Competitive balance 2) Geography...in that order. IMO, preserving rivalries should be the priority, and the split divisions get them there there while also preserving competitive balance.

    Personally, I'd rather see an East-West split, but I don't think that's gonna happen.
  14. VBSJ

    VBSJ Newbie

    If the Big Ten is advertising/mentioning the expansion survey (on BTN.com) multiple times on BTN basketball telecasts, the conference must really need or be interested in the results.

    But it's free market research for the conference, so I guess why wouldn't they.
  15. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    I'm sure they'll release a statement something along the lines of...

    "Coming as no shock to Commissioner Delaney 102% of respondents voted in favor of the Leaders & Legends division names."

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