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I like Clemson - great manufactoring/ auto research center- 36th tv market not great but Columbus is only 32 * it just a nice football game experience. But Woody punch lives on.....
'We are attacking that like animals right now.'
I see Miami self imposed another bowl ban this year. Of course they sucked again this year!
I can't believe noboby made doofus Smith walk the plank when he was aboard the air craft carrier for letting us play in the goober bowl last year!
This post was edited by green12 on 11/19/2012 at 1:40 PM
Expansion was bound to happen sooner or later. The development of super conferences is well on its way.
Expansion is all about two things: eyeballs (TV) & academics (especially research (AAU) universities). Other considerations such as competition and recruiting are probably more of a fan/coach consideration than one of the administrators. Like it or not, that’s the way it is. Programs like Oklahoma, W.Va, and Louisville don’t pass the eyeball/academics tests. Everyone wants Notre Dame, but that ship has sailed. Time to move on.
If the B1G is going to 16 teams, my guess is that the other new schools will come from this list of AAU schools. http://www.aau.edu/about/article.aspx?id=5476
How many of these are legitimate candidates for the B1G? The obvious are those already rumored: Ga. Tech and Rutgers. Of course we’d all love to have Texas, but that’s unlikely (what’s in it for them? They have their own TV network). I’d only take Pitt if PSU leaves (as some are rumoring).
One that intrigues me is Florida. It sounds like a stretch, but they’re above the rest of the SEC academically (except for Vanderbilt, and now A&M), and their president has been outspoken about oversigning and other recruiting practices in the SEC. I wonder how committed they are to the SEC (maybe they feel like they are a “cut above”). Do you think they’d be willing to listen if Jim Delaney called?
I’d be thrilled with B1G expansion to 16 by adding Maryland, Rutgers, Ga. Tech, and Florida. That’d really piss off ESPN, seeing Big Ten Network expand to the east coast as well as Atlanta and Florida. It’d be a win on all counts: money, academics, recruiting, and competition (especially if B1G schools do as buckeyemickey suggested, and use the $ to hire better coaches). Do you think Jim Delaney could pull that off?
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