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Big Ten reiterates they’ve ‘closed down active expansion’

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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.”

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8 Responses to “Big Ten reiterates they’ve ‘closed down active expansion’”
  1. dickroy says: Aug 19, 2011 1:57 PM

    If they do I think the perfect teams would be Missouri and West Virginia.

  2. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 19, 2011 2:14 PM

    Translation: We want Texas and Notre Dame. We can currently have Rutgers and Missouri. Therefore, we have “closed down active expansion.”

  3. blastfurnaceknows says: Aug 19, 2011 2:15 PM

    And dickroy, not even the state of West Virginia wants the Mountaineers anymore.

  4. drummerhoff says: Aug 19, 2011 3:07 PM

    You know, a touch of blue paint on the “G” in the B1G can easliy become a “6”… coincidence? I think not.

    Oh and btw, Delany’s conference can add whoever they like and they’ll still be a runner-up to the best conference.

    How did the network execs keep their jobs after scheduling the B1G conference in five of six games on New Year’s Day … just to watch them lose all five?

  5. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: Aug 19, 2011 3:41 PM


    Because they still made a ton of money

  6. florida727 says: Aug 19, 2011 5:51 PM

    “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.”
    TRANSLATION: “We’ll expand as soon as it’s in our best interest to do so, or to keep up with the concept of us being one of the country’s Super Conferences.”

    Thanks for the clarification Mr. Delany.

  7. saabista says: Aug 19, 2011 7:30 PM

    Active recruiting of new members does seem to have stopped, but that shouldn’t stop the B10 from having a short list ready. Missouri seems like a consensus pick and fits well with the conference footprint and its academic standards (Big 10 members are all members of the selective Association of American Universities, which only has 59 American institutions). The “other” school to balance out Mizzou is a bit fuzzier. I can’t believe I’m agreeing with what Bobby Knight once suggested at the time of the Penn State’s membership, but it totally makes sense: Bring Iowa State in as a Big 10 member. Far from “The General” wanting a new conference basketball foe he could beat up on (Johnny Orr and Tim Floyd’s squads at this time were consistently solid– and occasionally excellent– teams), this made sense for the conference, and ISU is indeed a member of the Assoc. of American Universities. Given Iowa State’s regular red-headed stepchild treatment by the Big 12, they’d likely jump at B10 membership, plus they already have a long established (50+ years) football rivalry with… you guessed it, Missouri.

    Of course, it won’t work. As good as ISU’s athletics are (hoops and football are coming around, but their non-revenue sports like wrestling are especially strong) and as solid as the school is academically, having a member in Ames Iowa won’t grow the ratings or the demographics– and that’s what really matters these days.

  8. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 20, 2011 12:02 AM

    @ saabista

    I agree, As a big ten fan I wouldn’t mind seeing ISU and mizzou in the big10, WVU is a bad idea(academics). Notre Dame will never join. I would’t want Texas. Maybe Kansas and KSU? Texas is causing all this mess in my opinion. If they would just keep all the conferences at 12 teams things would be great. BigXII just needs to bite the bullet and add a few teams. The LHN is going to cause big problems. Oklahoma will always own texas anyways i guess.

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