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From a buddy of mine who has been trolling and reading up on blogs about this....
Could this really be possible???? Read below....
Lot's of speculation out there as you can imagine. This was one post I found interesting...
The Big Ten is planning on expanding to 20 universities.
They plan on having two divisions (ten teams in each division).
They will keep the name of the Big Ten.
Big Ten - Leaders ("ten" for ten teams in the Leaders division)
Big Ten - Legends ("ten" for ten teams in the Legends division)
"Ten" as in ten teams in each of the two divisions.
Notre Dame will become a member of the Big Ten, once the Big Ten snatches more ACC teams. North Carolina and Virginia are almost in the bag as we speak. If North Carolina leaves, they will tag Duke along with them to join the Big Ten. Georgia Tech and Florida State will also join the Big Ten afterwards. However, N.C. State will join the SEC (as they are currently in conversations with now). The Big Ten doesn't care about N.C. State once they get North Carolina and possibly Duke.
Here's how the two Big Ten divisions will look, if all this comes to fruition (as the Big Ten is planning on).
Ohio State and Michigan will be put back in to the same division, to guarantee that they play each other every year. The crossover situation may get more tricky, with having ten teams in each division (20 teams total).
Leaders: (Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Maryland, Rutgers, Virginia, Duke, North Carolina)
Legends: (Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern, Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Florida State)
The Big Ten captures the entire midwest, east coast (including mid-atlantic), eastern seaboard, much of the populous sun-belt, all the way down through Atlanta and into Florida.
No other conference will be able to compete with that, in terms of territories, markets, economics, and overall geographic and media footprint.
Don't laugh, because this is what's on the Big Ten's mind.
Sounds pretty far-fetched - I'm not going to laugh at it though, because you never really know.
If something like that were to happen, I guess you can cue up the Jim Delaney General Sherman references.
Big Beef -- I believe there is merit but am checking more.
Thanks! Looking forward to what you find out.
Wow! That would be incredible and I would love it. On Big Ten Network they were definitely hinting at 16. When they asked OSU athletic director Gene Smith about is the Big Ten expanding to more teams he smiled and then said he will leave that to Delaney to say. I know I know it is Gene Smith some of you will say but he and the announcers made it seem they are adding more universities. Howard Griffin said they may go higher than 16, he said this at the end when they were giving guesses on what might happen next. To me it would seem like they would do this quickly also so no one else would react and cause this not make it happen. Wow! LOL!
I could see them having twenty schools in the Big Ten so they could say that we will keep the name of the Big Ten because of 10 schools in one division and 10 schools in the other. That does make sense.
I disagree. They aren't going to make a decision on number of schools in the conference just so that the name makes sense. For one, the decisions on expansion come down to two things: BTN eyeballs ($$) and academics (primarily research universities). Not on the name of the conference.
Besides, they've already proven (with Legends and Leaders) that they're perfectly happy with names that don't make any sense!
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