Sorry, I'm reposting what I put on the Big Ten expansion thread, since I'm really interested in getting a response:
bigdz, Since you asked…
When I think of the “Big Tent”, I get an imagine of the circus -- Ringling Brothers, Big Apple, Cirque Du Soleil (Grand Chapiteau). Among other things, I picture clowns, carnies, mimes, scam artists, the tattooed and bearded ladies (freak show), midgets, acrobats, cotton candy, elephants (taking a dump), lions, tigers, and bears (oh my). I believe we would be opening ourselves up for a lot of jokes and non-flattering associations…
Delany would be the ringmaster. The coaches would be the clowns. The referees would be the carnies… Not something I would be in favor of, but perhaps I just am not seeing the positives.
I do see an association to the Lions and Wildcats mascot names. And perhaps I see a loose association with the Wolverines, Badgers, Hawkeyes, and Gophers mascot names. What about the Buckeyes, Illini, Spartans, Boilermakers, and Hoosiers?
I do like your idea about incorporating the teams’ colors in the logo.