Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Big Ten is plotting further expansion
By Brent Sobleski
Rutgers and Maryland may have not been enough for the Big Ten Conference. The league led by commissioner Jim Delany may have aspirations of becoming college football's first "superconference." In order for the Big Ten to become a 16-team league, it will have to add two more programs. And the Big Ten reportedly had preliminary conversations with three schools.
"According to sources in the Big 12 who say the Big Ten has reached out to Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Virginia, Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany appears to be too busy plotting his next raid on the ACC to consider alliances," Chip Brown of OrangeBloods.com wrote.
North Carolina may be the first domino to fall.
"I firmly believe North Carolina will be a Big Ten member one day not far in the distance," Mike Hlas of the Cedar Rapids Gazette wrote. "Which means another school would also join the conference. Virginia or Georgia Tech would fit the league’s academic bill, and would add to new markets."
The ACC and the Big 12 are attempting to form a coalition in order to provide stability to both leagues. The stability for either conference -- particularly the ACC -- will dissipate very quickly if the Big Ten decides to raid its stable of teams once again. It will then be open season as the more powerful leagues will attempt to pick and choose expansion targets.