this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Expansion Buzz from Tom Dienhart
If I understand this correctly, that means that we will not be playing Ohio State every year, only on a rotation with the other divisions? Yeah, that's not going to fly.
There is no way OSU wouldn't automatically be on our schedule. That's only 3 conference games in your division, so there are 5 others to be filled. I'd guess there would be one locked-in opponent for us and the other 4 would rotate. Not sure how it would work logistically, but I see no way that the B10 would ever do away with UM/OSU on an annual basis
'Why Dave Brandon is a Bad-ass'..."
2 pretty competitive divisions and 2 divisions dominated by 1 team (at least from a footabll standpoint). I don't like this configuration at all.
$$$$$$$$$$ I can throw some zeros in there too if it helps.
The pie might get a little bigger, but don't forget that it will also get divided into a greater number of slices.
Trust me, everybody who's been following expansion knows this by now.
Someone else posted that cake > pie, and I'm willing to go with that, in many cases. Well, except for Thanksgiving, when only pumpkin, apple and pecan really do it for me. Oh, and my birthday, because I really like peach pie and peach cobbler.
And I can get behind a bigger cake with room for more slices any day. The question is whether you'd like a bigger cake, but the same number of slices. That way, each slice is bigger. Kind of a Marie Calender's thing.
You have to keep in mind that this whole thing is based on increasing revenue through BTN. Adding 5 more teams adds more games each week for the BTN to cover. Adding Missouri increases viewers in Kansas City and St. Louis. Adding Rutgers and Syracuse is aimed at getting the entire view base in NY, specifically NYC. Pitt doesn't add much in terms of viewers, but it adds another quality team, renews the rivalry between them and PSU and gets us to 16 teams.
Any format that expands the geographic area will help make it easier to recruit the new areas. Rutgers and Syracuse might not help football a lot, but they would make it a lot easier to recruit the NY/NJ/Philly areas for basketball. Mizzou and Nebraska would help a little with football.
I would still rather see ND in there, though.
"Big Ten expansion buzz" is the code phrase for "sh*t I just made up."
Bruce Feldman said on the radio this morning that Mizzou to the B10 is pretty much a done deal. Apparently he said it on KOMC.
that expansion of the Big 10(16) Network into new states will have a positive effect on our recruiting. It will happen right as we are rising back to the top in college football. Everyone will want to be the next Denard Robinson after he goes ballistic on the conferece this year. Michigan will become a factory for dual threat QB's (it's already starting to happen).
I was talking with friends when RR came aboard and I pretty much said the same thing! I said wait until he turns over the roster with his kids...I actually said 2011 would be an outstanding yr to be a wolverine fan. All in for Michigan here in Roscoe Illinois. Dual threat QB's will line up to make a run for BCS bowls in the very near future.