Big Ten Expansion Not Necessary

So the Big Ten Conference is considering expansion again. The most profitable, the most prestigious college athletic conference in America is considering a power grab. Thinking about adding at least one school and possibly three, eventually winding up with 12 or 14 member schools.

Just took a little nudge from Joe Paterno, the 83-year-old coach at Penn State, to get the ball rolling, mumbling something about Big Ten football schools being at a disadvantage in BCS competition because their season ends earlier than other conferences.

Hate to be the one to break it to you, Joe, but there are much easier solutions than causing conference dominoes to go tumbling again, threatening the viability of some conferences, even some programs.

The Big Ten could simply start the season a week later than everyone. Or start at the same time, but throw in a couple of extra dates, three if necessary, to extend the season — with the added benefit of giving players more time to recuperate from injuries between games and possibly gaining a competitive advantage in bowl games.

Unlikely the conference would consider such an easy solution, and it would deny the Big Ten an opportunity to flex its muscle.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

5 thoughts on “Big Ten Expansion Not Necessary

  • February 27, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Your tumbling dominoes mean nothing to me. Megaconferences are the future of college sports. We will command the top-echelon TV slots and rake in the BCS bucks. I care not for the Big East and the SWC. We are the Big Teneleventwelvethirteenfourteen.

  • February 27, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Yeah, we know JoePa. You live in a fantasy world where everything revolves around you. But for the most part, the average Joe could not care less about your goings on in your conference. The Big Ten network, for example, is a drag on broadband capabilities. No one besides people like you ever watch the boring stuff on that network. That’s one reason you’re being forced to expand, to get a broader captive audience.

  • March 1, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I guess the real question is would Louisville join the Big 10, if asked to do so.

  • March 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    hah, louisville sweating already. no way you’ll have to “worry about turning down an offer from the big ten” cause we’re going after a team from the big 12 let alone maybe Rutgers(thats right, the team that beats you in football every year). have fun in whats left of the big east, and get an original mascot sometime.

  • March 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Rugers is the one team that the Big East can easily replace. hey, last year the state of new jersey was talking about cutting back on financial sport to Rutgers. They are a sub par basketball program and a marginal football program, so you are welcome to them.

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