You have Notre Dame, UConn, Rutgers, and Missouri in play.
Notre Dame's decision to go Hockey East is hardly irreversible at this point.
If Delany and the Big Ten ever want to have their pick of 2-4 premium schools to expand with, its RIGHT NOW.
The Big Ten would need to move, before any Big XII schools sign anything binding regarding their Tier 1/2 TV rights. Like RIGHT NOW...
This bit about Alvarez saying "there are no schools out there that would add value to our conference" is either a display of ignorance,
or a smokescreen set at the behest of the conference, and executed by conference's notorious "loose lips".
All Delany needs to do is pick up the phone and pull the trigger.
You start with Missouri and Rutgers. BOOM ! 13 and 14 in the fold.
Next you call Notre Dame and say "Jack, do we need to talk ?...
Jack, would you like an invitation, or do you want to hang around and turn the lights out ?
I'd like to bring you aboard along with UConn or Kansas... Help me figure out the divisions, and then you can pick !!!"
Missouri, Notre Dame, Rutgers, and UConn would be outstanding additions for the Big East. Adds new markets, adds prestige, adds KC, St Louis, NY tv markets, adds outstanding academics (2 AAU schools, 2 other schools (ND/UConn) ranked in the top 50 in overall academics). This would be the best move for Delaney and the Big Ten for the Big Ten Network and the conference as a whole.