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.