Alternative to above proposals:
Big Ten adds Syracuse (all sports), Notre Dame (non-football) and Georgetown (non-football). All three have the best academic fit with the other research universities in the Big Ten. Syracuse gets in over Rutgers for a group of 4 privates.
If the big conferences ever got serious about 12-football/14-all sports alignments, they could dramatically alter the current makeup of conferences.
The B-10 is one of the strongest all sports conferences out there. It will never be a Hybrid. The remaining spot for the 12th member is reserved fore ND. Cancel their automatic BCS spot if they are rated 12 or higher and they will have to join a conference. Special treatment for one school in the BCS is disgusting. Right now ND is dumbing their schedule down to guarantee that bid every year. Paying ND 1.75 million to sit home with a loosing season like last year is even more asinine.
Eventually the B-10 will go to 12 teams and a playoff. Maybe not in the foreseeable future, but it will go in that direction for the playoff money and to expand their TV markets for the B-10 Channel TV revenue. ND will be given one last chance or ultimatum to join and then the B-10 will move on for a BE team for the NYC TV market or Missouri for their market if they are willing to leave the B-12. As for the BE any team would jump in a split second to join the B-10. Rutgers and Syracuse would be the prime targets. I think Rutgers gets the nod with continued success in FB, the stadium expansion program, their past connection to Penn State, and their proximity to NYC, NJ, and eastern PA and Philadelphia TV markets but at this time you could flip a coin on Rutgers and Cuse.
As for Georgetown you can always schedule them as a non conference foe without sharing the B-10 wealth. The same can be said for ND for FB and BB if they refuse to join the conference as an all sports member with no special privileges. Any remaining Hybrid BE teams will play the B-10 too. The BE Hyrid is an entity unto itself for that conference's survival and no other sane elite conference will ditch their all sports form to follow that model any time soon, or ever for that matter. As a matter of fact the BE FB schools are constantly weighing the pros and cons of leaving the Hybrid to form an all sports conference on their own.
Agree with this 150% as a Big Ten guy. There are lots of possible expansion scenarios (some much more likely than others), but the Big Ten will absolutely, unequivocally, NEVER, EVER invite a school that doesn't join for football. Out of all the BCS conferences, the Big Ten is the one that is above-and-beyond the most committed to allocating power and revenues among its members equally, so there's absolutely not going to be special treatment for anyone, including Notre Dame. I've always been more partial to Syracuse as the prime expansion candidate outside of ND. I'm still very skeptical about the long-term prospects of Rutgers - I can't repeat this enough, but the Big Ten isn't going to invite a team with just a couple of good seasons under its belt after a long history of subpar performances and, more importantly, attendance and TV ratings. West Virginia is the most consistent program on the field but provides the least attractive market off the field. Pitt simply doubles up on a market that Penn State already covers, so there's tepid interest there. Forget about any suggestions about Mizzou because (1) from a practical standpoint, a Big 12 team has a lot less incentive to switch than a Big East team and (2) from a market standpoint, the Big Ten is looking to pair Penn State up with another school to lay claim as a real East Coast power, which is more valuable than just covering more Midwest territory that it already has.