I did not make this headline up
According to MGoComrade SeniorBearcat, Dave Brandon said today that he could see the Big Ten expanding to 14 teams over the next few years:
DB sees the Big 10 at 14 teams in the next couple of years, with 16 teams being possible. Only big name teams that have a large market share / successful in sports and in academics. He did not name names, but mentioned only a few schools fit that profile.
If this is true, what could the teams be? Going by big market share in athletics and academics, and geographic contiguity, other than ND, who makes the cut?
With Nebraska in the fold, the geographically contiguous states are: Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and New York.
Here are the I-A (FBS) teams in each of these contiguous states (I am assuming that the Big Ten will not seek to add a team in an existing Big Ten state, because the idea is to expand the television footprint):
CO: Colorado, Colorado State, Air Force
KS: Kansas, Kansas State
KY: Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Louisville
WV: West Virginia, Marshall
MD: Maryland, Navy
NY: Syracuse, Buffalo, Army
Of these schools, the remotely plausible candidates are Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, West Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, and the service academies.
Strong athletics (FB or BB): Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky, WVU
Strong academics: Army, Navy, Air Force
Decent TV markets: Missouri, Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Army, Navy, Air Force
Now I know that they don't have the most powerful programs anymore, but how cool would it be to add Army and Navy to the Big Ten? Two old-time college football powers in major East Coast states. Awesome academics and premier research institutions. High-character institutions. Air Force could also fit this bill, but it's a smaller TV market than New York or the DC area.
What say you, Comrades?
“I find that I don't care about Ohio State at all.” (Brian Cook, 11/23/2010)
Has it come to this? That during this week, the week of Thanksgiving and our unity against the common foe of That Team Down South, our esteemed leader can’t bring himself to care about Ohio State?
Cannibalism may be fun for the short term, but in isolation it’s not a viable long-term survival strategy. To repeat the already-repeated obvious – everyone wants Michigan football to be good on the field, good in the classroom, and good in society. That’s the end, upon which we all agree (though likely with different views on the appropriate mix of those three factors). What we can’t agree on is the most effective means to that end.
All this shouting has become tiresome, and it seems like the site has become a perverse echo chamber. Rodriguez has improved in wins every year… he lacks ‘quality’ wins. The offense has improved… the defense has worsened. The cupboard was bare…the pantry was emptied. Inexperience has been exploited and will improve…experienced bad players are still bad players. The coaches demand the most out of the players… the coaches can’t get the most out of the players. It’s GERG’s fault… it’s the guy who hired GERG’s fault. New blood was needed…the old way worked.
One thing we can learn from economics – when there’s only one dimension to consider, there’s generally an optimal position to maximize total happiness (or utility, or whatever). Imagine a single ice cream stand on a beach full of sunbathers – the optimal location of the ice cream stand is the one that minimizes the total distance that the sunbathers have to walk. But when we start adding multiple dimensions – younger customers are willing to walk further, the demand varies by the weather, some customers will walk further for certain flavors but not for others, there’s an Italian ice stand as well, customers have different amounts they can pay, some ingredients are more costly than others, and you have to pay rent for the beach space, etc. – there no longer is a clear optimum. Furthermore, there’s no mathematical solution – you can only simulate and try to find optima.
We’re at the point where there’s no math, no hard and fast truth, that clearly states the right course of action for the program. We are all finding our local optima and arguing from that point. Sure, some points aren’t actually optimal, but there’s so many of points of discussion that it becomes impossible to determine the truth. (Note: Brian, a comp sci guy, would argue that with enough data processing power the truth can be discerned from all but the most random of data points – but we’re not supercomputers).
What’s the way out of this mess? The Founding Fathers had it figured out – representation. We are, collectively, the muddled masses with a multitude of conflicting, confusing opinions. And so we need a representative to sort it all out. In this case our representative wasn’t elected; he was chosen, but he’s ours nevertheless. And while David Brandon may have some flaws, it’s hard to argue that there’s anyone in the world better suited to be Michigan’s Athletic Director. And it’s his call. Will he make the ‘right’ decision? I don’t know. I do know he’ll make the best decision he can, and he’s the best person to make that decision, and what more can you ask for?
So that’s how I’ve learned to stop worrying and love the pimp (hand). I hope that MGoBlog can remain the blog for many Michigan fans, one that educates, informs, considers, and most importantly has fun in the process. Fight amongst yourselves if you must, but remember that we ALL agree on the end, and it’s OK to disagree on the means. Remember that all but the lamest of arguments have some good points to consider. And remember that if your side ‘loses’, suck it up and move on. Besides, we always have women’s softball. Or is there a firecarolhutchins.com site?
IMO thanks to the video footage from WolverineHistorian, it has me visualizing a special game from Michigan football. So why can't we see a double reverse? Or maybe a Denard pass to Daryl Stonum then back to Denard for a td! Just like Woodson to Griese! Clearly this team came close of recovering two on side kicks vs Wiscy. So my question is will we see a trick play from RR or an onside kick? Go Blue! (sorry been watching footage from '88 to '00 games)
Ball State fired coach Stan Parrish on Tuesday after two lackluster seasons with the Cardinals.
Athletic director Tom Collins said in a statement, "As we evaluated the on-field performance and the football program in its entirety, we decided it was time for a change in direction in the leadership of the program." Sources told Joe Schad of ESPN.com on Monday night that Parrish would not return.
Ball State went 12-2 and won the MAC West in 2008 under then-coach Brady Hoke. But after he left for San Diego State, Parrish was promoted from assistant head coach to head coach.
Ball State just finished up a 2-10 season. In two years as head coach, Parrish went 6-18. Parrish was on the MAC football conference call on Monday, but his future was never addressed. He said this about his team:
"We had two games in hand that we gave away. I thought we could have been a six-win team," Parrish said. "We did not take that step defensively I thought we were going to take. We have a lot of very good skill players. The key is to develop that toughness and get better and move forward from here."
Offensive coordinator Eddie Faulkner will serve as interim head coach.
Parrish is the second MAC coach who will not return to his team next season. Kent State coach Doug Martin announced Sunday night he was resigning after the season finale Friday night.
Doc Sat's take on Auburn. Auburn, has a great O and a very mediocre D, and will be playing in the SEC title game. But can they win a national title?
It may not be a block buster, but it is football. I will be rooting for Temple since Miami is in Ohio. Also Al Golden is a rumored outsider to fill JoePa's shoes after the 2034 season.