KEISSER: Big Ten expansion: The more, the merrier
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#1 Dec 24, 2009
There is nothing unwieldly about a true round-robin.
The Pac-10 is perfect as is. It's the other conferences that have an uneven playing field.
#2 Dec 24, 2009
Missouri does not fit geographically?
Missouri on the north borders Iowa, home of a Big Ten School. To the east of Missouri is Illinois, home of two Big Ten schools.
How does that not make a geographical fit/
#3 Dec 24, 2009
What do you mean Missouri doesn't fit geographically?.....Look at the Big 10 states.....Missouri fits right in with Iowa to the north and Illinois to the east.
Misouri is #1 choice...Rutgers#2....Pitt is a crap school and doesn't fit academically
#4 Dec 24, 2009
The market potential for BYU is bigger than just Utah.
In addition to the 2 mil+ that live in Utah (the 30th or so national market) there are an additional 1.5 million Mormons in 4 current Pac 10 states (as well as the LDS markets in Idaho and Nevada where's there's another 500,000). Of course many west coast Mormons are fans of their local teams, but regardless of if their BYU fans or local team fans first, the addition of BYU would add increased interest for them.
I don't disagree that Salt Lake is not a major market, but like the Seattle Post noticed, BYU is not exactly your average local commuter school. Their fans, students and recruits are pretty well spread out across the west.
#5 Dec 24, 2009
Better yet...instead of the hassle of adding teams in both leagues just make a SuperConfernce the pac10 is the west the big 10 is the east ....call it the BigPac and have the champs play in Rose Bowl the same week as other conference championships..
#6 Dec 24, 2009
Uhh, why is it still called the Big 10? Aren't there 11 teams after Penn State joined up several years ago?
#10 Dec 31, 2009
Expect the Big Ten to add three members -- Syracuse, Rutgers and (surprise!) Maryland. All three are Tier I academic institutions adjacent to a current Big Ten state (Pennsylvania), and all three plus Penn State would give the conference-owned Big Ten Network many more eyeballs in the most populous area of the country (the NY to D.C. corridor).
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