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?