"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
expantion of conference
Everyone is always talking about adding a team to the big ten. Who should it be. What are the divisions. While reading this people have taled about playing the championship in one of the big city NFL stadiums(detroit, INdy, Chicago), but i say nay.(ok detroit doesn't count as a big city http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1-rzbHgIKo) Every bowl season the big ten bitches about how all of the southern teams never have to play in the snow and cold. To show the nation how epic a snow game can be we should play the (hypothetical) Big ten championship in Lambeau Stadium. It's perfect. It has national name recognition and a storied football history. There's no better place to display Big Ten Football to the Country. Imagine Brent Musberger calling it," Hello from Lambeau Stadium, where Michigan and Ohio State are about to face off for chance to play USC in the Rose Bowl." How perfect is that?
Today on ESPN.com I read an article discussing Joe Paterno's comments on the expansion of the Big Ten to 12 teams. The winningest coach wants to get more TV time for the conference at the end of the season and reduce the length of time between the end of the season and the Bowl season. He suggests some north east teams like Syracuse, Rutgers, or Pitt. Would this be a possibility? I think that it would do the Big Ten some good to have some later games, as far as exposure and adding to strength of schedule. However, I feel it is really unlikely that it will happen at all, much less bringing in a team like those mentioned. It would more likely be a team from a mid -major and they would be a punching bag for a few years for the other teams in the Big Ten. I do not see any conference willing to give us a team, and geographically any team that would benefit from a conference change wouldn't make sense. It would be nice to bring in the Golden Domers, unfortunately the chance of changing the tradition of the Big ten and Notre Dame is even more improbable than any other suggestions made on this topic.
I do think that this idea has it good points, one being that it is backed by a coach who has been around since before the forward pass.