This is exactly right. The ACC is the direction the Big10 would try to expand.football drives the conference expansion bus. Basketball is a far second
with the B1G, its all about eyeballs they can bring to the B1G Network.
the B1G would love to get into the state of Florida, but :
UF isnt leaving the SEC
Miami has too few eyeballs
FSU is not academically strong enough
UCF is not prestigious enough of an institution - nfw
hence, Gtech and UVa and/or UNC make most sense to us
ND isnt coming, had their chance and blew it. Unless Warren has contacts there and can do this thru back channels, but there is a lot of bad blood from the B1G side on this , that I dont see it.
I'm married to an ND alum and I can tell you, the ND fanbase, or at least a large portion of it, would never want to join the Big Ten due to slights from the days of yore. It's silly, but that fanbase lives in the past like no other, so what do you expect?Would Notre Dame deign to lower itself to be a member of the same conference as those “other” schools in the state?
The problem is although there teams haven’t lived up to the hype, there’s $ value as a football program are second to none. They are the most valuable college out there. Huge market, huge fan base in a football above all else area.Is there an institution more delusional about their place in the college athletics hierarchy than Texas?
Nebraska, where the N stands for Nowledge!I agree on ISU, but I have to imagine KU has a pretty big fan base, and while certainly below the majority of Big 10 schools, they wouldn't be the lowest ranked per US News and World Report. That would be Nebraska at #133. KU is #124.
I don't want four super conferences with 20-schools each crammed into it. It'll probably $$$happen$$$, I'll still be a fan, I'll watch, but I don't like it.I heard this rumor on the way home from a work trip, would not be surprised if this story has some legs.
Let the realignment insanity begin.
An interesting counter point.From Jason Whitely, a Senior Reporter from ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas/Fort Worth:
There just isn’t much room to maneuver here.