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07-27-2007 03:40 AM #1
Big Ten (11) adding 12th team?
Looks like they want to expand their potential TV market to help the new network. Obviously, Notre Dame would be their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choice........but that ain't happening. That said, the Big East might get raided once again. Rutgers would be an attractive option, playing in the #1 TV market in the country (albeit one that is more into pro sports), and their football team is on the rise. Oh, and I seem to recall some big stir a while back that would indicate NJSU might have a pretty good women's basketball team.
07-27-2007 01:04 PM #2
07-27-2007 01:07 PM #3
07-27-2007 01:28 PM #4
I was just reading the comments on ESPN and apparently the Big 10 has academic and other standards that Louisville and WVU do not meet anyway. For one they are not AAU members. If they hold to the AAU requirement their choices are basically Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Rice, Mizzou, and Tulane.
07-27-2007 02:10 PM #5
Big Ten officials will likely discuss expanding to 12 schools to accommodate the new Big Ten Network, commissioner Jim Delany said.
The network, which is scheduled to launch Aug. 30, would benefit from an additional big-name university in a large television market, Delany said.
Last edited by geschinger; 07-27-2007 at 02:12 PM.
07-27-2007 04:37 PM #6
Pitt is probably the best option for them.
Football tradition + major recruiting territory + good-sized media market + geographic region = Ideal.
07-27-2007 04:56 PM #7
07-29-2007 10:26 PM #8Norfolk
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08-14-2007 03:35 PM #9Norfolk
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WVU is in the Pittsburgh market and recruits a lot of players in that area so they would get viewership. Also, WVU and Penn State used to be big rivals until Penn State went into the Big Ten (It was a lopsided series but still big rivals).
WVU would probably be happy to stay in the Big East though as they have been pretty dominant in football and have had success in basketball too. Still the prestige and money would be tempting.