At an alumni function in Boston, May 12, 2010, Mary Sue Coleman was asked to comment about B10 Commissioner Delaney's remarks about Big10 expansion. Pres. Coleman stated that the Big10 was seriously looking at expansion up to 16 teams. The name would remain the Big Ten, no matter what the number. There are two major considerations going into the expansion decisions:
1) B10 members currently share equally in revenues. Unlikely to want any change in that arrangement.
2) All current members of B10 are also all part of AAU. B10 will want their members to maintain that membership reflecting academic standing and stature.
Asked about the NCAA Inquiry and possible sanctions, Pres. Coleman stated that UM will be announcing its self-imposed sanctions by the end of the month. She indicated that there was cross comunication between the coaching staff and the compliance people. The coachig staff thought they'd been given the green light, whereas the compliance people thought that a different question was being asked. She said that unlike reported in some places, at best the overage amount would amount to roughly 2 hours a week. She also predicted that many football programs across the US will be dropping compliance people to avoid danger of giving "coaching advice."
She was very accessible and, as another poster on MGoBlog has said in the past, she "gets it." Met several other MGoBlog readers at the event. There was some speculation as to how these comments related to the B10 Network, as well as to speculation as to schools like ND and Missouri.