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95er, you have been wonderful at keeping this expansion talk front and center. I thought this article was somewhat revealing about the B12s mentality currently. As I shared before, from what I have heard out of Longhorn country, the B12 is proceeding with caution.
I don't think much will come out of their talks next month and you will more than likely hear much of the same but well worth monitoring.
I see a lot of status quo for at least the first 6-9 months of this year or at least until the Maryland case resolved.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Just a random thought, but how about the Big 10 absorbing the Big 12 and then you have a 24 team league with a huge geographical base. I would think the payout on the Big Ten Network with a 24 team league would be huge for each school and the programming would be great for the viewers. From a fan point of view I was not real excited about Maryland and Rutgers joining but add in the Big 12 teams and you have some fun football matchups that are real interesting to watch. Recruiting for every school would get a real boost because of the exposure the new league would get. On the basketball side of things, I imagine the post season tourney would be tremendous with 24 teams. Not sure if this has ever been discussed but what does everyone think about it? Good idea or bad?
?? Interesting, I guess.
I don't think this carried much weight in Jim Delaney's thinking. Perhaps it did get discussed, but I don't think it was a working factor in admitting Rutgers and Maryland. Obviously, Bowlsby did:
"“Look at Maryland and Rutgers. They don’t bring programs that are of the ilk of the others in the Big Ten,” said Bowlsby, a former Iowa athletic director. “But the philosophy clearly is, ‘As members of the Big Ten, we can grow them.’ So, you can apply the same thinking to any possible addition.”
EDIT to say I did not mean the "??Interesting I guess", at your post, TerryD. I was pointing it at Bowlsby's comment.
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Bad idea. Would get a few good football teams and a few good basketball teams, but there would be no overall average improvement in either sport. Then there's the downside. It would diminish the average quality of basketball, greatly diminish the share of the Big Ten money pie, greatly diminish the average quality of Big Ten education, allow newcomer Texas to have special priveledges, decrease the average political strength, allow new members who do not belong to the research consortiums, and whatever else I haven't listed.
I know it will prob never happen but Texas is the one school I have always wanted in the B1G. If Delaney could somehow pull that off I think it would be HUGE for everyone involved.
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Always enjoy these and 95 Updates.
Is there a timeline for the Maryland legal battle? Haven't heard anything on that in a while...
Interesting thought, we'd have new york, chicago, and Houston as TV markets and that would be insane. I guess we could have two championship games and treat it like two separate conferences but share revenues?
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