"I love it that Ivy League coaches are coming to our camp and Big Ten coaches are coming to our camp. South Florida is coming. We've got about 70 schools that are coming to our camp."
There's been a lot of talk lately regarding which schools could be a possible fit for Big Ten expansion. Much of this centers around geography, athletic achievement and academics (particularly AAU membership).
I've created a spreadsheet that shows the rankings of all 66 BCS schools that are currently affiliated with a conference. This is broken down into Academic Rankings (as determined by US News & World Report) and Athletic Rankings (as determined by the final 2010-11 Directors Cup results). I realize that this is not exactly scientific but both ranking methods seem to be generally accepted.
Finally, I've taken the average for both categories and then took the aggregate to give a Final Result. I was a little surprised to see that the ACC won the academic title but the Big Ten was the overall champ. The SEC, Big 12 and Big East.......well, they have a little work to do.
A few things that stuck out to me:
1. All of the B1G schools are in the Top 80 except for Nebraska.
2. Mississippi schools are really hurting (academically and athletically)
3. The Big East should stick with schools in the Northeast Corridor. Academics drop off considerably when they move out of the East.
4. Stanford and Duke are pretty impressive academically. Northwestern and Vanderbilt could probably learn a thing or two from their model.
OK, I hope that this formats properly in translation.....
[Ed-M: Call me "translation" I reformatted the info to fit in our space but you can access the original here. Also, USN&WP notoriously under-ranks Big Ten schools.]:
Academics: US News & World Report.
Athletics: Directors' Cup