Should the Big TEN keep having plans to discuss about expansion candidates, will it go to the Mid-Atlantic States (i.e.: NJ/PA/NY) and/or Upper South Atlantic States (i.e.: MD/VA/DE/WV)? By the way, Rutgers and Maryland (soon to be B1G full members) are within those respective regions of the U.S. But why not expanding more to the Midwest as well (i.e.: Kansas, Kansas St., Mizzou, Iowa St.)?
Missouri's about the only "rust belt" state not to see the population hit, and it's made sense for the Big Ten to be there for years, even if athletically, they weren't always "worthy." Even now, there still seems to be a cultural and academic bias held against them. I think any conference should want to be there for where the state feeds...so even a MoSU wouldn't be the worst thing in a conference like the AAC, where it bridges the Texas and Oklahoma programs with Cincy and Memphis, who bridge their respective regions.
I wonder if the Big Ten would work with Cornell in ice hockey. Either them or RPI come to mind as the only NY institutions who would probably fill the need in the state. Because the Ivy doesn't sponsor ice hockey, but Cornell still doesn't offer scholarships, even that's a ludicrous thought.
The AAC needs to be in NY, and UConn isn't enough. Be it Army or Buffalo, it puts a flag into a state with a lot of eyes.