This topic has consumed about 70% of my sports related attention this month and Expansion Hoopla V1.0 got a lot of hits, so let’s do it again…
A lot has changed in a week (actually not really; the only thing that has changed is my mind). This super-long post lacks pictures or graphics and is broken down into several text-heavy sections. If you just want to bitch about the conference or the Pod I put your school in, scroll to the bottom and comment. If you are a conference expansion junkie like me, sit back and enjoy my rambling inferences and analysis.
The first part of this post explains what I have inferred based on recent comments from relevant conference commissioners, university Presidents, AD’s, and insiders.
-Maryland and North Carolina have likely both told the Big Ten to pound sand. They like the ACC for now.
-Texas probably isn’t going to the Big Ten either. They are more interested in merging the cream of the crop from the Big Twelve with the Pac-10, possibly as a simple six team addition to form the Pac-16 and possibly as a “Western Alliance” with a looser conference connection and as many as 24 schools.
-Nebraska and Missouri are dying to be invited to the Big Ten. Even Tom Osbourne issued a statement saying as much. Both schools’ Presidents are already on record as being very interested.
-Oklahoma and Oklahoma State want an SEC invite. They might get invited to the Pac-16 with Texas or they might not. They prefer the certainty and immediate prestige the SEC brings.
-Kansas is on the fence between the Big Ten and the Texas led Pac-16. Either way, they’ll probably be in a better position than they are now. There is a slim chance that they could end up homeless if the Big Ten invites Missouri and Nebraska and the Pac-10 and Texas don’t invite them to be one of the five teams to join the Pac-16.
-Utah is probably going to the Pac-10 / Pac-12 / Pac-16 regardless of what else happens.
-Boise State to the MWC is a done deal. Makes sense for all parties and the MWC will need someone to replace Utah if they leave for the Pac-10 or BYU if they leave for the Western Alliance. Expect this announcement in June.
-Rutgers to the Big Ten is a done deal. Paul Taglibue’s disparaging comments about the potential Long Island television audience for a Rutgers-Minnesota game reek of bitterness. If this announcement is made in June then Rutgers will be able to play Big Ten football in 2012.
-Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and Connecticut would all love a Big Ten invite. Each has serious drawbacks, but each brings added East Coast viewers. Pitt’s drawback is that is brings the fewest viewers since Penn State already owns the Pennsylvania market. Syracuse’s problem is that they are a medium sized private school that doesn’t do much research and has a horrible football stadium. Connecticut is not a member of the AAU and Continue reading