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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. MU-Buck

    MU-Buck Newbie

    IMO it's much easier to turn a low to middle of the road athletic program into a yearly contender than it is to turn a low to middle of the road University into a well respected and highly ranked institution of higher learning!

    I think Maryland and Rutgers could turn into consistent thorns in the B1G sides! There markets, geography and alumni base give Maryland and Rutgers amazing potential... If the university/athletic departmen commit to excellence. And I would HOPE the B1G demanded this quest for excellence before allowing them to join!

    If we go to 16, I hope it's UNC and UVA all the way!!! And I hope no power conference goes over 16, there is anpoin where this becomes ridiculous!

    If we go to 20, then I'm open to UVA, UNC, GT, ND, Kansas and Texas! With all the new additions (including PSU, Rutgers and Maryland) and 1 original B1G team forming one of the divisions... And the other 9 original members plus Nebraska making up the other division.
  2. Woody1968

    Woody1968 Agent Provocateur

    I agree, and quite frankly would have been fine at 12. There is no reason to go over 12, and so far we have no idea if such a large conference is even feasible. The ACC has not started play with 14 members, and the SEC has only completed one season with that many.
  3. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

    SIAP - good article from WSJ... at least tangentially related to conferences...


  4. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Apathetic Prophet of Doom Staff Member

    Probably the smartest thing written in this thread since FSU entered into the discussion.
  5. jclvd_23

    jclvd_23 Buckeye Reppin in Gator Country


    Big Ten may keep Rutgers and Maryland off network

    By Tom Fornelli | Blogger
    December 12, 2012 1:05 pm ET

    [​IMG]Jim Delany did not mention his negotiation practices during this press conference. (US Presswire) Good news, Rutgers and Maryland fans, your schools will be joining the Big Ten in 2014, bringing a nice influx of that cold hard cash into your athletic departments. It's just too bad you might not be able to watch all of their games once they've joined the Big Ten.
    Yes, that's right, according to Sports Business Journal, the Big Ten is considering keeping Maryland and Rutgers games -- both football and basketball -- off of its own Big Ten Network in an effort to get local cable companies to place the network on their basic tiers.
    Just another reminder that conference realignment is about nothing more than eyeballs staring at televisions, which produces money whether those eyeballs know it or not...continued
  6. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    In the bigger scheme of things it's about securing a constant stream future students for B1G schools 100 years in the future. TV sets merely facilitate getting it done in the short term.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2012
  7. Abenaki

    Abenaki Ambitious but rubbish.

  8. dav713

    dav713 Junior

    This might get interesting. Also, suck it Cincy. From the article.

  9. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Apathetic Prophet of Doom Staff Member

    As pointed out in the article, those seven are the Catholic institutions. I wonder if they would be looking to create a papal conference by going after Xavier, Dusquesne, and St. Louis. If they wanted to go to 12 members, could probably grab Creighton and one of the following three: St. Joseph's, St. Bonaventure, or Fordham.
  10. dav713

    dav713 Junior

    St. Louis's AD came and talked to my class back in 2007 or 2008. He told us about all of the money they were investing into their facilities, specifically their basketball facilities. He explained that they were preparing in case the opportunity ever arose to create a merger with big east/A 10 catholic basketball schools. I thought he was being unrealistic, but he doesn't seem so crazy now.
  11. IronBuckI

    IronBuckI Calmer than you are.

    Dayton is also on the list of possible additions to a new, basketball only, Big East.
  12. buckeyegrad

    buckeyegrad Apathetic Prophet of Doom Staff Member

    Agree. Probably just depends on whether or not they want two schools from SW Ohio. Of the two options, Xavier is certainly the more attractive add.
  13. muffler dragon

    muffler dragon Bien. Bien chiludo.

    Muck likes this.
  14. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

  15. BigWoof31

    BigWoof31 Barking up the wrong tree...

    If they were to poach Gonzaga, that would make for an awesome hoops conference.

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