Big 10 expansion
I don't know if this is a first, but I actually agree with a full article written by Michael Rosenberg. Today's Freep has a piece by him against Big 10 expansion. (Link: http://www.freep.com/article/20110922/COL22/109220460/Michael-Rosenberg-Big-Ten-better-off-only-12-teams.)
I too am basically against expansion. Every team we add is one more team to split the revenue pie stream with. I particularly don't care for expansion outside of the Big 10 footprint. Unless a school is in our geographic footprint, student demographic, and fits with our culture, I can't see adding more teams and ending up with a "super-conference."
The one clear exception is Notre Dame, but that horse has been beat to death. I'm trying to think of other major schools in our area who have a decent history, size, academics, etc., and not many come to mind. I suppose Iowa State might qualify in addition to ND.
What I wouldn't want to see happen is to add a directional state university MAC Snack, or a city commuter school (Pittsburgh, Cincinnati) and I'd want a team that has a strong football team. We went through this before (in adding Nebraska.) Honestly, Nebraska and Penn State are a bit far physically, but they do fit the Big 10 profile well.
However, to flirt with schools yet further away than Penn State and Nebraska makes absolutely no sense to me. The Pac 10, SEC, ACC, Big East, and others can do what they want. I think the Big 10 is a great conference as it is now constituted. Short of adding ND, and possibly Iowa State, it is lunacy to consider further expansion.
The Big 12 and the Big East look to be firmly on the path to destruction. What will things look like when the dust settles? What will it mean for the Big 10? The recent moves of Syracuse and Pitt to the ACC throws a monkey wrench into everyone's thinking, in so much as it was always thought that football and the TV revenues from football would be the driver. The ACC expansion shows that basketball is on the table as well. Again, where will things settle out when it is all said and done?
One of the factors that is important to the Big 10 is academic standing, and a part of that is membership in the AAU (Association of American Universities). Although important, it is not the only criteria as the addition of Nebraska shows. Apparently the Big 10 is working with Nebraska to facilitate entrance into the AAU. As the Big East and the Big 12 crumble, what AAU schools might be attractive to the Big 10? Which of them adds value both in terms of academics, but also TV revenue from expanded markets in both football and basketball?
Here are the teams:
Iowa State (Big 12)
Rutgers (Big East)
Kansas (Big 12)
Missouri (Big 12)
If the Big 10 were to add Kanasas and Missouri, could they add Oklahoma as now you would have contiguous geography, even though they are not an AAU member?
Slow day for me so I started to think about adding teams to the Big 10
I was going to create a post with a dream 4 universities for the big 10 to add to expand a al the SEC
I narrowed my list to member of the AAU members & Notre Dame
My Best 4 was
- Notre Dame
- University of North Carolina
This would make the Big 10 an amazing B-Ball conference, but it really doesn't add that much for football besides ND.
Also, I doubt that any of the 4 would even want to join our league. I grouped UNC and Duke together, but they have such a history with the rest of the ACC it would be hard to pry them loose.
Non-AAU members could try a Kentucky and Tenn. grab, but I don't think they would leave the SEC
I know mizzou wants in real bad, but who could we pair them with and do they add that much to the big 10?
rutgers? I am not sold on them
Pitt? too regional
What about Texas A&M? Wouldn't that be something. They are an AAU member and they are not happy with their current situation. You could probably even convince Kansas to come with them.
**Note: Sorry if some of this is redundant with any other posts/diaries. I'm short on time**
I was able to attend the Alumni Association Tailgate before the Michigan-ND game today (great game)! AD Brandon did a Q&A session at it. I thought I'd pass on a few of his thoughts/answers. Nothing to earth shattering, but probably of interest to at least a few folks. I'm trying to provide the answers as quotes, but this was transcribed on my phone as he was talking, so it's bound to contain some paraphrasing.
From his opening remarks:
Sorry this isn't really 'original' from the perspective of me creating it, but it seemed kind of long to put in a Board.
The only way I'm getting through this is to hope that if we add 2-4 teams in a few years, at that time the higher-ups in the Big Ten will have an opportunity to correct the impending neutering of The Game. If they would have to re-do all the schedules anyway, it would seem like a good time to return UM-OSU to the last game before the championship. Thoughts?