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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

    52 vote(s)
  6. Kansas

    44 vote(s)
  7. Maryland

    68 vote(s)
  8. Missouri

    91 vote(s)
  9. North Carolina

    29 vote(s)
  10. Notre Dame

    200 vote(s)
  11. Oklahoma

    76 vote(s)
  12. Pittsburgh

    42 vote(s)
  13. Rutgers

    38 vote(s)
  14. Syracuse

    17 vote(s)
  15. Texas

    122 vote(s)
  16. Vanderbilt

    13 vote(s)
  17. Virginia

    40 vote(s)
  18. Virginia Tech

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

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

    16 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. PlanetFrnd

    PlanetFrnd Newbie

    There's a Nevada thread on scout called something like 'everything you'd ever want to know about B1G expansion'... I almost bought back in today. Almost. :shake:
  2. Although I'd prefer to stand pat, I understand that the conference is going to expand. Having said that, I do really hope the B1G considers FSU. As big a proponent as I am for having elite academic schools in the B1G, having another program capable of drawing in big TV ratings would do wonders for the conference. Culturally and academically FSU isn't a fit, but football-wise they are. There's not much getting around the cultural fit, so I'm not sure what can be done about that, but there is something that could be done academically.

    FSU made a commitment to becoming an AAU school and was making good gains towards that end before the economy kicked them in the balls. They are just now beginning to get their feet back under them. I'd like to see the B1G presidents and chancellors look hard at them to see whether they will be capable of attaining AAU status in the not too distant future (say, 10-15 years). If they feel they can do it, then I'd like to see them brought into the conference, possibly as a non-CIC member until they become AAU. If they feel they can't make AAU status anytime soon, then maybe they should pass.

    As an aside, I have a huge issue with the seemingly capricious decision-making on the part of the AAU. I understand the reasoning for booting Nebraska and essentially forcing out Syracuse, but why in the hell is Oregon still in there? To me, they stick out like a sore thumb.
  3. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    Using the internal metrics that were presented during the review of Nebraska:

    31 Georgia Tech
    31 Yeshiva

    ...(AAU schools)

    37 Boston U (admitted this year)
    37 Dartmouth


    40 UAB


    43 Tufts
    43 Maryland-Baltimore County


    49 Utah


    52 UC Santa Cruz
    55 Rennselear
    57 Wake


    59 University of Miami
    61 UIC
    62 Cincinnati


    64 Colorado St.


    67 Oregon St.
    68 George Washington


    69 New Mexico


    72 Wayne St
    72 Cal-State Riverside


    76 Alaska-Fairbanks
    78 Virginia Commonwealth
    79 University of Vermont & State Ag Cell
    79 Hawaii
    81 UConn


    83 Georgetown
    83 Delaware
    86 SUNY Albany


    87 Arizona St
    87 South Florida
    90 UMass
    91 VPI
    91 NCST

    91 Oklahoma
    94 (AAU School)
    94 Florida St

    There was another AAU school at 104 (rumored to be Kansas) & Nebraska was #109.

    (The breaks in the list mean there are one or more AAU schools in those positions. None of the AAU members were listed by name)
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2012
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  5. VBSJ

    VBSJ Newbie

    It's still funny that two weeks ago someone told me an ESPN columnists (Maisel) was inferring to Jim Delany and the Big Ten starting all of this mess.

    The problem was, the columnists pointed to Penn State joining the Big Ten in the 90's as his example.

    When your grasping at anything to dislike a conference, you get that.
  6. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    One of the next two has to be Georgia Tech (and not just so I can see the Buckeyes in Atlanta every now and then). The move makes too much sense for both sides to not happen. There's nowhere else for GT to go when the ACC implodes and the B1G wants to be in the SE's biggest market.
  7. VBSJ

    VBSJ Newbie

    If the amount that CBS Sports is reporting for the Big East TV contract, I do not know why any school would stay in that league (if they have options).

    The amount was as low as $60 million per year and between $4 million-$5.3 million per school annually.
  8. Nicknam4

    Nicknam4 Pootis

  9. Mike80

    Mike80 Done

    I really couldn't care less about some expansion survey.
  10. VBSJ

    VBSJ Newbie

    I've already filled it out the first day it was available, but am also skeptical the conference would actually listen to opinions.

    For example, home sites instead of neutral for the conference championship may make it easier for a Big Ten team to make the playoffs, in addition to perhaps helping ticket sales. But the Big Ten won't do that.

    It'll go from Indy to Chicago to probably New York, Atlanta or Washington D.C.
  11. ulukinatme

    ulukinatme Old Skool

  12. TDunk

    TDunk The Dunk Abides

  13. Bucknut24

    Bucknut24 Trolololol

  14. ulukinatme

    ulukinatme Old Skool

    Yeah, I can see that the ACC would want to protect it's interests, but the statement came directly from the member schools most speculated to leave: Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina, and Florida State. Virgina previously gave the same line. Then the other remaining members signed off on it. I agree that if one of these schools was going to leave, they certainly aren't going to say so in public prior to the move being official...but at this point we've been seeing mostly a lot of media speculation and "sources" claiming that this school will announce on Monday, or that school will declare on Wednesday, etc, and so far it hasn't fallen through.
  15. buchtelgrad04

    buchtelgrad04 Pain is an opinion.

  16. Mike80

    Mike80 Done

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