According to Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, Notre Dame was as close as ever to joining the Big Ten 5 years ago. In fact, his AD told him the school would be joining. From Times-West Virginian: Mike Brey, whose Notre Dame basketball team plays West Virginia on Saturday in South Bend, was asked if he [...]
Big Ten Expansion & Realignment
Sources say Big Ten expansion could go to 16 teams. They’d dominate the northeast if they added Boston College, UConn, Syracuse, Rutgers and Missouri. Talk about a power play. Adding one school seemed like enough, but adding 3-5 teams might be a better business decision. Crazy week.
With the talk of the Big Ten potentially expanding in the next 18 months, there are plenty of other conferences who now need to come up with contingency plans. Unlike the 2003 Conference Realignment shift caused by the ACC taking (3) Big East schools, this time the moves should be limited to single school shifts. [...]
So first Barry Alvarez made a mention of the Big Ten expansion thoughts. A few days later the conference issues a statement saying they indeed will be exploring expansion in the next 12-18 months. And now we’re reading about all the different Big Ten expansion candidates like Notre Dame, Missouri, Syracuse and Rutgers. But here’s [...]
Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez commented on this last week but it’s now official: the Big Ten will officially explore expansion in the next 12 to 18 months. It might seem like a long timeline, but it’s for a reason: making the right choice. And that has to do with existing television contracts and giving time [...]
Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the Big Ten will soon make a more aggressive push toward adding a 12th member. Speaking to Wisconsin’s athletic board on Friday, Alvarez, the former longtime Badgers football coach, said the conference already has investigated possibilities for expansion “from all over the country.” And though he places no timetable [...]
Herb Gould of the Sun Times has an interesting look at the state of Notre Dame and how so many of their problems could be fixed if they were simply in the Big Ten…where a runner-up finish still puts you in the Rose Bowl in some cases.
A series of high-level discussions took place this summer about the creation of a new men’s hockey league featuring the five Big Ten Conference members that sponsor the sport. But despite support for the endeavor from multiple schools, including the University of Wisconsin, the concept failed to extend beyond the exploratory stage. Read more…
The Big Ten has no immediate plans to expand, and it would take more than a desire for a football championship game and a longer regular season for the league to add a 12th member, commissioner Jim Delany said. “There are a lot [of schools] that could take a lot away, but there aren’t a [...]
There has been a lot of chatter on the message boards about the Big Ten. In addition to the options Paterno mentioned (Syracuse, Rutgers, Pitt), a few others have often been mentioned. Norte Dame: Yes, Notre Dame is the first choice. Paterno would have certainly listed them first had they not turned down an invite [...]