But that can't be...how am I going to remember?
Looks like Maryland is on the way
CRABCAKES and FOOTBALL! That's what Maryland does!
So what if the BTN is on basic cable in these areas, no one is going to watch it. No one over here really cares about Rutgers or Maryland like B1G states care about their B1G teams.
don't forget about all the BIG alums in the area who'd be watching! although most of us already pay the coupla bucks a month to get BTN on our cable package. Michigan and PSU alone probably have at least 50,000 alumni in the tristate metro area..
im not a fan of any of this btw... just playing devils advocate on this small point.
but yes, no one cares about rutgers here, not even most rutgers alums. terrible fit for the BIG. i dont know enough about maryland to comment on that.
the only upside to this turrible idea is the promise of a Michigan game in NJ every few years. selfishly, this is convenient, and that stadium would offer a pretty friendly 'road' environment similiar to Northwestern.
...but they will still pay for it.
I don't get it. What does Maryland bring to the table?
Who else are we getting to balance out the league?
Will another main character die on The Walking Dead?
Spoiler dude. Spoiler. I'm getting caught up on the series now. Granted there obviously is going to be a main character that dies in this type of show, but as of Season 2 Episode 9, I hadn't given it much thought.
FUCK this and fuck the Big Ten if this is seriously happens. Greed is trumping concerns over football & fit; and I wish they'd realize how much they're diluting the B10 "brand" with these POS schools they're adding!
Might as well become the laughing stock of the east... Thanks Delaney.
FUCK. I am so goddamn sick of money dominating everything. College football is being destroyed. FUCK FUCK FUCK.
Bottomfeeding bottomfeeder teams from nearly bottomfeeding conferences. Should we just round out expansion now with Western Kentucky and Marshall? That would "expand the Big 10's footprint and bring in more states/viewers" too. Probably more than Rutgers for God's sake. It's a damn commuter school!
There is a Dennis Dodd article stating this move may just be a single move for a long term plan to loosen the ACC's grips on the North Carolina schools (minus Wake). If the long term plan is to bring UNC and Duke and screw over Notre Dame, then Delany is an evil genius.
You really are a homer. No way that happens.
The very soul of a Spartan is the culture and history with their rivals. There is no way they leave the B1G to make less money and lose their essence.
There's not way that if the ACC and the B1G go to war that the ACC wins. Money wins in the end, and the B1G has the most. Stop deluding yourself that NDs semi-ACC move is actually some evil genius plan. There's also a good chance it blows up in your face (football wise at least).
This is horrible for both the ACC and B1G.
Maybe I'm alone, but what is the point of conferences anymore? There is no regionality to it anymore. Boise State to the Big East? Maryland and Rutgers in the B10? Ugh.
I don't care about bringing in viewers from the east, but then again I'm not in this for the money.
I feel like the size of the fanbase is more important than the region it's located in. I would bet that Michigan has more viewers on the east coast watching Big Ten games already than Rutgers and Maryland will add combined. We already have an east coast presence between us and PSU
Did Northern Indiana State University of Pennsylvania turn us down?
No, they're replacing Rutgers in the Big East now. It makes more sense that way...
God, if this actually happens I CANNOT WAIT to see the public relations horse shit they shovel the fans' way about having increasing visibility, improving academic cooperation, increasing applications to member schools, helping non-revenue sports, beating the SEC, economies of scale, having a larger geographic footprint than the Big East, increasing government funding, lower travel costs, sharing ideas, lowering the costs of meal plans for students, increasing viewers for field hockey events, more zambonies, larger dorm rooms, warmer winters, and ending world hunger.
I'll accept Delany's drivel if he simply ends the news conference with, "You love tradition? You want tradition? FUCK TRADITION." And slams the mic on top of an 80 year old alumnus' head.
PS - Interesting that Dave Brandon is on 60 Minutes right now talking about revenue... and olny revenue.
...for laughing at your second to last paragraph because I think it would be hilarious if Delany actually had the intestinal fortitude to be so honest?
Gimme wins in the future playoff format don't help us very much.
I'll believe strength of schedule will actually be a big part of the new format when I see it. Human polls will always be the major driver, and I have a hard time believing that a UM team with a good record will be rated low.
Both my fiance and two best friends are Maryland alums. They are displeased with this move. The football program actually drew pretty well when I was living in College Park, but that was during the Fridge era where they made an Orange Bowl one year, but the main concern is basketball and the "rivalries" with Duke and North Carolina.
We are moving towards 5 super conferences (ACC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC) and the self-named "Group of Five". My guess is Big 10 adds Maryland and Rutgers, Big 12 adds Louisville and Cincy. ACC adds UConn. Pac 12 might add BYU and another school they feel could add towards their television markets.
As far as adding Rutgers, that gets a big "meh" from me.
Red Division (teams that have red or maroon among their official colors)
OSU, WISC, NEB, RUT, IU, MINN, MARY
Not-Red Division (teams that don't)
UM, MSU, PSU, NU, PU, IA, IL
West: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State
East: Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue, Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers
Btw, from a competitive standpoint and from a fan standpoint, this truly sucks for football in the big 10.
They couldn't make them that uneven. I think Michigan, MSU and OSU would go to the wast from what you have above and shift Illinois, NWST and Purdue to the west.
you may have just drawn up the worst division alignment ive seen yet
My unborn children will never know a world without Maryland and Rutgers in the big ten.
But would you still feel okay about bringing children into such a harsh world?!
HOW CAN WE BRING FUTURE GENERATIONS INTO A WORLD WHERE THE WESTERN CONFERENCE CONTAINS OHIO STATE BUT NOT LAKE FOREST?
right before the end of the world. Mass insanity and hysteria. So I guess the Mayans were right after all. Dammit, I wanted another crack at USC.
Nebraska I was okay with. They fit right in. Maryland and Rutgers, no. The B1G is fine as is.
Just a football move. There are the women's sports and of course basketball and lacrosse teams that will benefit from this move. Yes football drives the revenue bus and it sucks for football, but for all the other athletes in all the other sports, this isn't a bad move.
How does this benefit other athletes? You think it makes sense for the Nebraska women's soccer team to be playing Rutgers on some Thursday night? Ooooooh, that'll draw and it's only a five hour flight.
Jim, you did good when you created the Big Ten network. You did good when you picked up Nebraska.
You didn't do very good when you created the new logo and divisions, and this would probably be worse than that.
Really have to wait and see what other moves they have planned in addition to these. Most people thought the Big Ten Network was a terrible idea and it turned great and was in fact the wave of the future.
It's a money-grab to the Nth degree. Forget the sanctity of college athletics and tradition, this is becoming a dick measuring contest.
and the longer your dick is outside your pants being measured the greater the odds that it'll get chopped off.
Why do you think they built Michigan Stadium? It wasn't for campus aesthetics.
by the rise in ocean levels 50 years from now? Think of the children.
That was very funny, sir!
Always. Don’s counter-points are always spot-on.
I don't really understand the negative reaction. There are a lot of positives:
- Maryland and New Jersey have tons of talent, both basketball and football
- Maryland has a good basketball program
- Maryland has a rich booster that loves their football team and is trying to be their Phil Knight
- Rutgers has performed better than half of the Big Ten teams in the last 10 years
- Fox, which owns 49% of BTN, is buying YES, and can leverage that to get BTN in NYC area basic packages at good rates (similar to what ESPN does with ESPN2) meaning monayyyyyyyy
- I will go to Michigan football, basketball, and lacrosse games at Maryland living in DC
- Hopefully this leads to a 9 game Big Ten schedule, which means we'll be playing opposite division teams basically the same amount as now anyway.
Is not about the school, it is about the number.
12 is a good number, 14-16 is too many teams to be called a "conference" in my opinion. When we get to 16 schools, because, well, we why stop at 14? ... we won't be a conference, we will be two conferences with a loose affiliation in that each individual conference champion plays the other at the end of the season. There wil be what? 1 cross-over game? Unless we revert entirely to a conference schedule, such that all 12 games are conference games.
Because 16 will give us leverage when the time comes to merge into 64?
Eventually one of the big five will be merged out, or down if there's a second tier of 64.
Plus you forgot to mention if it happens soon it will make Blake Countess happy.
And welcome back to Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown.