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The expansion rollercoaster is about to begin
Posted: Wednesday, June 9th, 2010, 9:57 PM
by Josh
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As many of you have heard by now, according to the Omaha newspaper, Nebraska is about to join the Big Ten. If this is true, then this is the first domino to fall. The attack on the Big 12's Fort Sumter if you will. When this becomes official, things will move rapidly. The SEC, no matter what they say, will start to scramble. In large part to respond to the Pac 10's presumed plan. The SEC and the Pac 10 both want Texas badly. The Pac 10 has the upper hand right now since they are willing to take all of the rivals Texas cares about. The best the SEC could do is take Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Texas A&M. Couple that with the fact that Texas likely will not want to go through the SEC gauntlet and it's looking like Pac 10 for the Longhorns. Don't expect Mike Slive to sit back and let this happen. He will probably try very hard to land Texas. We will have to see what happens with that. The Big 12 South block may not make its decision for a while. Don't expect the SEC to go after any ACC teams or anyone else until it knows what Texas is going to do. Needless to say, with forces from the Pac 10, SEC, and Big Ten swooping in on the Big 12 like hyenas, the conference looks doomed. I for one hate to see it go. Outside the SEC, I really enjoy the Big 12 more than any other conference.

The rest of the Big Ten will probably fall into shape before we know what the SEC and Pac 10 will do. Colorado may be the exception. There seems to be a lot of chatter that they are about ready to join the Pac 10. The next domino to fall may be Missouri. I have heard a lot of talk that the Big Ten may be done expanding with Nebraska. Nope. It looks to me if they were going to stop at 12, Nebraska wouldn't have been the team. Missouri also recieved a deadline from the Big 12 so that tells you they had an invite too. When Missouri joins the Big Ten, I think the reality will sink in for Notre Dame and they will join shortly there after. The other 2 teams to fill out the Big Ten are debatable and a little more difficult to sort out. Rutgers seems to be a consensus possibility. After that it gets a little trickier. Syracuse and Pitt are both possibilities to take the 16th spot. Maybe there would be a surprise team no one has mentioned. Maybe Boston College.

If Texas and its posse go to the Pac 10 like many are expecting, the SEC will then probably add Florida State, Clemson, Miami, and Georgia Tech. Perhaps switch Georgia Tech or Clemson with Virginia Tech. I have an alternative that I would like to see if Texas turns the SEC down. Add two of the three out of Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech. Instead of adding more ACC teams, I propose to add Kansas and Kansas State. They seem to be forgotten in all of this and their football teams have been decent recently. I know the Wichita TV market doesn't do much for anyone, but maybe you can get into the Kansas City TV market. Plus Kansas would be a great basketball addition to the conference.

One thing I expect is for this to all happen relatively quickly. It should be a fun couple of weeks or so.
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