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Should the Big Ten expand? What does it all mean?

The Big Ten announced this week that it will explore adding a twelfth institution. Some thoughts . . . Does it seem a little off-key that Joe Paterno is leading the charge for Big Ten expansion, so...

Linking Laconically didn't think that this was, like, a real thing

MSU basketball and football news roundup for 12/15/09.

Big Ten Statement on Expansion

Well, there you go. Let the games begin. "The COP/C has asked the conference office to obtain, to the extent possible, information necessary to construct preliminary options and recommendations without engaging in formal discussions with leadership of other institutions. If and when such discussions become necessary the COP/C has instructed Commissioner James E. Delany to inform the Chair of the COP/C, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon, and then to notify the commissioner of the affected conference(s). Only after these notices have occurred will the Big Ten engage in formal expansion discussions with other institutions." Does MSU's president having an enhanced role in this process make any difference? Also, has there ever been a clunkier acronym for a deliberative body than "COP/C" (Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors)?

According to a league official, the Big Ten will release a statement Tuesday saying the matter has...

According to a league official, the Big Ten will release a statement Tuesday saying the matter has moved to the front burner. The first sign of change came from former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez, who told Wisconsin's athletic board on Friday that Delany "is going to take this year to really be more aggressive about it. I just think everybody feels [expansion] is the direction to go, coaches and administrators." A league source on Monday cited a "growing groundswell" of support among athletic directors for expansion.

Teddy Greenstein indicates Big Ten expansion could be more than just fodder for the blogosphere this time around (HT: Rittenberg)

Linking Laconically can never resist the Big Ten expansion talk

MSU basketball and football news roundup for 12/14/09.

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