Thought to be at least temporarily dormant following June 2010’s Expansionpalooza, the issue of conference expansion has exploded yet again less than a month before the start of the season, with Texas A&M seriously eyeing a move to the SEC.
If A&M does indeed move from the Big 12 to the SEC as its 13th team, it’s believed by some/most that the conference would also add another school to make it an even 14 members. And, if that were to occur, it could be the first domino to tumble in what would become a dramatic shift in the conference landscape.
In response to the speculation swirling around further expansion in other leagues, the Big Ten has released a statement from its Council of Presidents/Chancellors (COP/C) reiterating that they “will not be actively engaged in conference expansion at this time, or at any time in the foreseeable future, barring a significant shift in the current intercollegiate athletic landscape.”
Translation? “We won’t expand unless somebody else does or we get the sense somebody’s going to pull the trigger on a school we want.”
The statement added that the COP/C had met recently to discuss issues related to expansion as well as reforms in intercollegiate athletics.
“We’re about as comfortable as we can be with where we are,” said commissioner Jim Delany in a statement. “We’ve said that we will continue to monitor the landscape, but we have closed down active expansion and have no plans to seek new members.”