For those of you that have not burned out on the topic I found this article offers some interesting perspectives from outside our sphere of influece.
* So, when this week's inevitable batch of unsubstantiated "done deal" reports surface on the Internet and elsewhere, remind yourself that before a school can join a new conference it has to be contacted first, then invited. Then again, if negotiations are taking place behind the scenes, the parties involved are surely working under strict confidentiality agreements. Some lies will be told to protect the process.
At this point, we're building stories based on little more than our own conjecture. But unless it’s coming straight from Delany, I’d advise to take any unconfirmed report cum grano salis. (It's Latin, look it up.)
* The Big Ten gets 70 cents a month per subscriber within the conference’s footprint. So, 70 cents x 12 months x 2.2 million homes = $18,480,000. That’s how much the conference would make per year from the Big Ten Network alone if Missouri were to join the league.
* Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez has some words of wisdom for anyone falling for the latest expansion "report" that cites anonymous speculation: "Anything said right now is anyone's imagination."
* Don't assume that (Tom) Osborne is sleeping on this and don't assume that he's Big 12 loyal. The former coach never liked the idea of the Big Eight/Southwest Conference shotgun marriage and all of his predictions about the power shift to Texas have come to fruition. While he's in the A.D. chair, it's Osborne's job to set up Husker football for the future. A move to the Big Ten does that. If he could send a seismic shift through Austin, Texas, on his way out the door, that's called a bonus.