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    Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    The Tribune reported Saturday that "high-ranking Big Ten officials" are meeting Sunday, with the discussions expected to center on the expansion issue. The Association of American Universities, of which all 11 of the conference schools are members, are holding their semi-annual meeting in Washington through Tuesday, so it gives the league the opportunity, with all the key players in town already, the opportunity to perhaps put the expansion issue even further along the fast track.


    If all goes well during this latest round of discussions, the Tribune reports, some type of announcement of schools the Big Ten is targeting for expansion could come as early as next week.


    If the conference can emerge from the meetings with a mandate to expand, Commissioner Jim Delany could take a substantial step next week at the annual Bowl Championship Series meetings outside Phoenix.

    As laid out in the Big Ten's Dec. 15 statement, Delany would "notify" the commissioners of the affected conferences before "engaging in formal expansion discussions with other institutions."

    If that is indeed the case, it would be an accelerated time frame relative to what officials declared back in December. When the league announced publicly that it would once again discuss the expansion issue, it was expected to take anywhere from 12 to 18 months.


    With this latest development, it could be just seven months -- if not earlier -- after the expansion search announcement that the dominoes begin falling in earnest.


    And, more than likely, the Big East will look radically different -- if it even exists at all in football -- because of it.



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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    lets hope they just stick with the three teams out east, Syracuse, Pitt and Rutgers and leave Nebraska and Missouri out of the equation. Maybe Notre Dame changes their mind and the Big10 goes with ND instead of NU, but any raiding of the Big12 would really hurt Iowa State. Losing both mizzou and NU could be a death blow to ISU athletics



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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reporting that Big Ten expansion talk is about to heat up significantly in the coming weeks.

    Big Ten expansion push heating up - Big Ten Blog - ESPN



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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    If they go to 16, I really hope ISU is in the crowd of possibilities!!!



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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    A 16 team Big 10 would be absolutely ridiculous. I can't even imagine how the football schedules would work. They would have to go to 10 conference games right?




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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    A 16 team football conference is absolutely pointless.

    I really wish the NCAA would step in and cap conference size for football at 12.

    ISU can afford for the Big 12 to lose Missouri. As long as Texas and OU stay, there will be a Big 12. The Big 12 will add teams if the Big 10 looks this way.

    What will get interesting to see is if the Big 10 looks east, what do you do with the Big East? They could lose a team pretty easily and replace them with East Carolina or Memphis, but 3 teams would radically change the look of CFB out there. What do you do with the remaining Big East schools?


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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    A 16 team football conference is absolutely pointless.
    Yeah I agree. However, I'm sure the Big 10 will only do it if it financially makes sense for them, which is why I doubt ISU will be one of the teams. I truly hope they can be however. It would be one of the best things to happen to ISU, probably ever!



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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    ISU to the Big 10 isn't happening, period.

    We need to make sure we have a home in whatever becomes of the Big 12, if anything at all even happens with the Big 12.


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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    Quote Originally Posted by cigaretteman View Post
    That article makes you wonder why the hell ND doesn't join. There really isn't a good reason, besides the fact that the schedule would get tougher.


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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    A 16 team football conference is absolutely pointless.

    I really wish the NCAA would step in and cap conference size for football at 12.

    ISU can afford for the Big 12 to lose Missouri. As long as Texas and OU stay, there will be a Big 12. The Big 12 will add teams if the Big 10 looks this way.

    What will get interesting to see is if the Big 10 looks east, what do you do with the Big East? They could lose a team pretty easily and replace them with East Carolina or Memphis, but 3 teams would radically change the look of CFB out there. What do you do with the remaining Big East schools?
    It will be a race between the Big East and Big 10 for Notre Dame. Since ND already competes in the Big East for every other sport the move would make sense and ND would lock up a BCS bowl every year. ND to the Big East would make their conference relevant (not necessarily competitive) regardless of Big 10 expansion.



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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    A 16 team football conference is absolutely pointless.

    I really wish the NCAA would step in and cap conference size for football at 12.

    ISU can afford for the Big 12 to lose Missouri. As long as Texas and OU stay, there will be a Big 12. The Big 12 will add teams if the Big 10 looks this way.

    What will get interesting to see is if the Big 10 looks east, what do you do with the Big East? They could lose a team pretty easily and replace them with East Carolina or Memphis, but 3 teams would radically change the look of CFB out there. What do you do with the remaining Big East schools?

    Maybe their idea is to totally screw the Big 12.


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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Maybe their idea is to totally screw the Big 12.
    All these articles are really targeting the Big East, and that makes more sense if this is about viewership, and TV sets.


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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    That article makes you wonder why the hell ND doesn't join. There really isn't a good reason, besides the fact that the schedule would get tougher.
    If they make a BCS bowl, they get to keep the money for themselves, no splitting it up with everyone else.



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    Re: Big 10 expansion talk accelerating?

    Quote Originally Posted by Al_4_State View Post
    A 16 team football conference is absolutely pointless.

    I really wish the NCAA would step in and cap conference size for football at 12.

    ISU can afford for the Big 12 to lose Missouri. As long as Texas and OU stay, there will be a Big 12. The Big 12 will add teams if the Big 10 looks this way.

    What will get interesting to see is if the Big 10 looks east, what do you do with the Big East? They could lose a team pretty easily and replace them with East Carolina or Memphis, but 3 teams would radically change the look of CFB out there. What do you do with the remaining Big East schools?
    If the Big Ten snags more than 1-2 Big East Teams I think they either try to become the "Notre Dame Exhibition Football Conference" or a Big East/ACC merger kicks off a super-conference arms race.



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