Sunday, November 18, 2012

Here we go again

Fear the turtle
It's time for one of our favorite topics -- potential Big Ten expansion. How do Maryland and Rutgers strike ya? first reported that the Big Ten was looking into expanding to 14 teams by adding Maryland and Rutgers.

The person says Maryland would have to be "the first domino to fall," but added that an agreement could be reached as soon as this week for both schools.

Text messages and phone calls to Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and Rutgers Athletic Director Tim Pernetti were not immediately returned.

Several officials with Big Ten schools, reached at football and basketball games on Saturday, declined to talk about the report.

Playing football since 1869, but not well
Football drives these discussions and neither of these teams has what you might call a glorious football history. At the moment, Rutgers is a pretty good team but historically they aren't too hot. Maryland is a basketball school.

The driver is money, of course, and that both schools have a following in the east. Maryland actually is a higher value target, I think, because they get regular coverage in both Baltimore and Washington DC. Rutgers garners some attention in New York and Philadelphia, but college football isn't the biggest thing in either market.

Eventually I would imagine the Big Ten would be looking at going to 16 teams. So if Maryland and Rutgers are coming, who should the other teams be? Here are a list of potential targets. Which ones make the most sense to you? Vote below -- I've set it up for multiple votes:

Which teams should join the Big Ten? (Vote for more than one, since we'll need four to get to the magic number of 16) free polls 


CousinDan 54915 said...

I suggest we drop Iowa and Penn State and go back to 10.

Benster said...

I suggest the BIG go east. As I said two years ago by getting Maryland you get access to the Beltway. North Carolina and Duke give you better hoops and Florida gives you an outlet into SEC country and gets you Miami.
With Florida out east, Ohio State in the middle, and Nebraska out west, you have earned buckets of cash and much more tv reach.

Bike Bubba said...

I suggest that the Big Ten require that all players need to be admitted into their respective schools without favoritism due to athletic ability. Then Julliard will be competitive in the Big Ten, base sixteen.

W.B. Picklesworth said...

I'm really not into the modern conferences and bowl games. It's just not that interesting.