This: Delany on #NotreDame: “It chooses to be an independent in football and be a member of the Big East. That’s it’s destiny.”
This: Delany: Biggest factors driving expansion are population shift south and Big Ten Network.
And This: “the competitive aspects … the educational fit … and also it would have to be fiscally sound.”
All of which when more of it is disseminated in a less disjointed manner will then be proceeded to be parsed and dissected to within an nanometer of its being.
What everyone already seems to be homing in on, beyond Big Ten subscribers is another factor that probably is not good for Pitt.
“As far as the shifting population, that is reason, by itself, enough, to look at the concept of expansion,” Delany said. “We’ve been blessed in many ways by the economy and the density of the population in the 20th century. Our schools have benefited by healthy economies, by strong markets, by growth, by integration. … In the last 20, 30 years, there’s been a clear shift in movement into the sun belt. The rates of growth in the sun belt are four times the rates they are in the East or the Midwest.
“You do want to look forward to 2020 and 2030 and see what that impact would be on our schools.”
Delany has brought up the demographic shift several times in recent years when talking about recruiting and other topics. He knows that in order for the Big Ten to maintain its national standing, its alumni base and its brand, the league might need to get bigger.
Iowa athletics director Gary Barta said shifting demographics were one of the first subjects brought up when league officials decided to push forward with an expansion study.
“Without going into any specific school, it’s just projecting ahead,” Barta said. “Do we need to grow the business in the next 20 years, and, if so, does adding schools make any sense? That’s part of the principle of whether or not we look at expansion.”
Ohio and Michigan are already shrinking states. It has been discussed on by many on this site before about the shrinking population in and around Pittsburgh. That can’t be helpful.
No matter how sick we all may be of this already. How much we may wish the Big 11 would just get it over and done. This will still be at least a couple months before anything might happen.
But the story now is simply the discussions, not expansion itself. So everybody chill out. Expansion is still a good bet—remember, change is in the wind. The details just won’t be finalized for a long while.
And we aren’t the only ones looking to Big 11 Commish Delany for enlightenment.
“The commissioner always does a great job of letting us know what we need to know,” Indiana head coach Bill Lynch said. “There’s certain things we don’t need to know.”
Right now, Lynch and his coaching colleagues don’t know much. The same goes for the league’s athletic directors.
“I’m not only curious, I’m intensely interested,” Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said. “There’s a lot of rumors out there. Based on what I’ve been told, they’re just that, rumors. It’s a process that has taken place for quite some time. It has become public more recently, and it will be great to get an update on where we stand in the process.”
The presidents and chancellors of Big 11 schools meet on June 6, but Delany is saying that no vote will take place then.
The Sporting News is doing superficial looks at candidates for the Big Something. Simple format 3 pros, 3 cons. They hit Pitt, and really the only con that holds real water is the big one. The lack of new subscribers and already in the geographic footprint of the Big 11.
West Virginia columnist tells WVU folks not to bet anything on the ACC coming to get them.
It’s all about markets and footprints and all those other terms the TV and conference people throw out there these days.
The ACC, by measures known only to those who, well, measure such things, has a television footprint in 25 percent of the households in America. To those who argue that West Virginia or any other school would be logical or beneficial to the ACC (or any other league) need to dismiss any discussion of how strong the football or basketball programs are or how the school would be a geographical fit.
It’s not about that. If the ACC can double its television money without expansion and with, as its calling card, what seems to most only a lukewarm football product, then what possible reason is there to go adding a school that adds nothing to that television footprint?
And meanwhile, USF can only watch. They know they aren’t getting called up any higher in the BCS system.
Conference USA, which is also holding meetings this week, looked into expansion last year.
While the Big East and others mull preemptive expansion moves to offset any changes that might be made by the Big Ten, Banowsky said C-USA will not be making any preemptive expansion moves.
“We reviewed an idea over a year ago to grow the league to 16 teams and it kind of made its way to our presidents and chancellors,” he said. “… And they elected at that time to not do anything preemptively. They generally liked the grouping that we have, the 12 schools that we have. They liked the amount of traction we seemed to be getting working together and beginning to see the first indications of new rivalries being built and those kinds of things, so they opted not to do that a year ago, but it’s something that constantly gets discussed as one of the possibilities.”
It isn’t preemptive to start considering expansion after teams are trying to flee.
The media for Nebraska like everyone else sees Nebraska ready to head East, but wonders if Nebraska itself will like all that entails.
What kind of culture would Nebraska find in the Big Ten?
When rumors first circulated about Texas joining the Big Ten, I talked with a current administrator at a Big 12 school who has strong Big Ten ties.
He chuckled at the thought.
“The Big Ten is a ‘Check your ego at the door’ conference,” he said. In fact, if Nebraska joined, it likely would have to pay to get in or take reduced revenue in the early years as payment for an equity position in the Big Ten Network.
The Big Ten is about the Big Ten, not the individual entities. Recall that when Penn State joined in 1990, the league refused to change its name. Instead, it tweaked its logo to include an optical illusion “11.”
More proof that the league is the No. 1 thing: The Big Ten is the only BCS grouping in which all revenue is shared equally. So no single school or small group of “haves” wields golden hammers.
Nebraska may hate the Texas influence of the Big 12 these days, but Big Red has been a “have” in the Big 12 for a long time and is on the verge of being so once more.
Not that will stop them from taking the money. But the transition will be a little bumpier than they would like — especially with the more stringent academic rules.
Finally, if you thought Mizzou fans were falling over themselves to get that Big 11 invite, check out the faculty.
“Hell, yes,” is a refrain being heard around Brooks’ office, the faculty lounge and university. Since the Big Ten broached the subject of expansion again in December, Missouri has not been shy about its interest. When it comes to the Big Ten, Ol’ Mizzou has been the waitress who unbuttons a couple of buttons on her blouse, leans over a table of guys and tells them, “I get off in five minutes.”
Oh yeah, Missouri is available.
“Faculty are almost unanimously in favor of going to the Big Ten because of the academic ramifications of it. We keep hearing that Mizzou is a lock,” said [Brian] Brooks [the School of Journalism's associate dean of undergraduate studies], who quickly added he had no inside knowledge.
Of course Mizzou is probably a lock to go — as long as the Big 11 does actually expand so I can’t blame them.