Posted on: May 25, 2010 11:05 pm
What the hell, time to stick your neck out. No, I have no inside information other than what I read from readily available news sources. And no, I have no connections with CBS so don't link to this and say "CBS reporting that . . " Just good old reading newspapers and reading between the lines. With that the winners are: <>
Nebraska, Missouri and Rutgers
Posted on: April 19, 2010 10:36 pm
Well that's what Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune thinks anyway. With more Big Ten meetings this week, expansion will definitely be on a "front burner." My picks for the expansion? The Big Ten takes the big plunge and goes to 16. Here are the teams:
and at long last, Notre Dame finally climbs on board as #16.
Here's the reasoning:
Posted on: April 13, 2010 8:59 pm
For some reason, I thought it would be worthwhile to summarize what's happened on the Big Ten expansion front since they opened this can of worms back in December. Included are quotes from the Big Ten AD's and commissioners that people seem to forget with time.
Guide to B10 Expansion
Posted on: April 8, 2010 2:18 pm
Yes according to Tony Barnhardt. It still all revolves around Notre Dame.
Is the Big Ten Expansion Expanding?
Posted on: March 23, 2010 3:35 pm
CBS' Dennis Dodd reported today that the commissioner of the Pac-10 has had conversations with the Big 10 and Big East about holding a championshp game with less than the NCAA-mandated twelve teams.
Posted on: March 14, 2010 12:21 pm
And the plot thickens even further. So is the Big Ten plan to cherry pick one or more Big East teams if Notre Dame doesn't come around? Well don't wait to long Jim Delany. You may have competition soon. It's called the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hold it, the ACC already has 12 teams. Expansion for the ACC has been a money-maker by some reports, but hasn't put the ACC in a position to challenge the SEC. Miami is still trying to return to a dominant team. Virginia Tech and Boston College have both made the ACC championship the past few years. With embarrassing results attendance wise. So you'd think the ACC would have had enough expansion for a while.
Well think again. According to an article in Sports Business Journal, the ACC's television negotiations with ESPN aren't really going that well. Seems the ACC thinks they should get a 60 to 70% increase. ESPN apparently has told them, "Sorry, you're not the Big Ten or SEC." The reason? According to unnamed media executives, the "weakness of the ACC's football teams."
Can't you just see the ACC honchos, scratching their heads and saying, "Hmmm, I wonder where we can get some good football teams that will make the TV networks give us more money? Well we certainly don't want to geographically expand our footprint. Going to Boston College is far enough already. If we could only find some decent teams a little closer than Boston College. We could revamp divisions, save some travel costs by going to geographical divisions with only a few out of division games. We could come up with a rival for BC. And of course, we could get some more money out of those TV devils. If only there were some teams that could do that. Are there any teams like that close to Boston College? Or if not, how about Maryland, who's the next farthest north. Aren't there some schools around there that have strong football teams?"
Nah forget it. The ACC wouldn't know how to go about getting teams from other conferences to join. Just not something they'd do. Never mind.
Posted on: March 12, 2010 7:51 pm
How can you not like Bill Stewart? He comes across a genuine, straight-shooter. And crazy like a fox. Stewart in his folksy way today basically said that he sees a future without the Big East. He's not worried, because West Virginia will probably land in the SEC or the ACC. Yep, he said it. Here it is.
Posted on: March 10, 2010 4:56 pm
I'm very happy today to have a whole new avenue of speculation. Notre Dame says yes, and the Big Ten tells everyone else, "Thank you for playing. We have the lovely home version of Big Ten Football you can watch on your own TV." After all, Notre Dame is who the Big Ten wanted all along right? No calculations of TV market, or arguing with cable providers about cable tiers, that's it.
Much of the college football world could breathe a sigh of relief. Not the Big East. With Notre Dame's departure, the balance of power in the BE is once again askew. Eight football teams, Seven basketball only teams. The carefully crafted 16 team behemoth was made solely to keep the basketball only schools from getting outvoted. Well ND, a basketball only school (funny to think of them that way) leaves. Who replaces them? Or does the fight over the answer to this question blow up the Big East?
Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, and St. Johns will obviously want another basketball only buddy to keep them from getting outvoted by West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pitt, USF, Cincy, Louisville and UConn. At the same time, Big East football cries out for a ninth team to allow a balanced conference schedule of 4 home and 4 away every year. Finding three out of conference games will be tough enough if this expansion craze catches on. Do you really want to try and find 4 every other year? I would expect the football crowd to demand another football school. If Big East football has any chance of surviving, it needs to start getting bigger and fast. Do you really think the other BCS conferences are going to tolerate a BCS bid for an eight team league if all the other BCS conferences have gone to 12? Fat chance.
Is this the straw that breaks the camel's back? Does it finally split the Big East into basketball only and all-sports confereces? I don't see any way around it. There's no more room for a Tranghese-like maneuver of adding one football school and two basketball schools. An eighteen team Big East? No way. Even if the Big East brings in a Memphis, a school with a good basketball program, they still have D1 football. Eventually that will be the way their votes are cast. So if the basketball schools allow another football school to join, they're moving to the back seat. Something that won't sit well with the Providence hierarchy of the BE.
So if Notre Dame joins the Big Ten, the Big East could turn from the hunted to the hunter. An eight team football conference looking for new members. And a seven team basketball-only conference looking as well. I'll leave basketball to their own devices. Here's my choice for an expanded all-sports Big East (which we'll have to call something else because the basketball schools will probably get that name.)
Memphis brings basketball credibility and potential rivalries with Louisville and Cincy, UCF a potentially large TV market and a rivalry with USF, and Temple good basketball, a football program that looks like it's on the way back to respectability along with a potential rivalry for Rutgers. East Carolina/Buffalo is a tougher call. East Carolina has a very good football program and had it long before Skip Holtz. So while the coaching change hurts, I expect them to maintain their level of play. Buffalo lost Turner Gill, and doesn't have the steady history of ECU. Geographically they're a good fit and provide a geographical rival for Syracuse as well as Pitt.
Or maybe the Big East will just ask Texas to join.