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According to this report, 5 schools are joining the BIg 10.

Missouri, Nebraska, Syracuse, Pitt, & Rutgers will be joining the Big 10, if this report is accurate.

It may transpire that this is accurate. However, this could also be reasonable conjecture based on the Internet rumormongering about the formation of the Tengen Toppa Big Ten. I will not believe this until I see certain Commissioners holding press conferences.

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While I would love to see Texas and aTm make the move, it is apparent that aTm is still seens as a lesser school by conferences, since the Texas Legislature will try their best to force a conference to take them both.

Personally, there is no reason not to refuse them sine Aggies are national and very loyal (e.g. Aggie Muster).

Those five seem to be appropriate since Nebraska and Mizzou seem to be afterthoughts from the formation of the Big XII.

Apparently, the Big Ten can gain much ad revenue from specifically adding Nebraska.

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According to this report, 5 schools are joining the BIg 10.

Missouri, Nebraska, Syracuse, Pitt, & Rutgers will be joining the Big 10, if this report is accurate.

I doubt they would admit those 5 schools to the Big Ten.

Why wouldn't the Big Ten take those 5?

I like to keep traditional rivalries i guess, And also it would be too big for my tastes.

What traditional rivalries are getting shivved here that cannot be replaced with a simple non-Conference game? Nebraska-Oklahoma was shot in the face by the Big XII when they adopted a schedule without protected cross-division rivalries, and Nebraska-Colorado is not a rivalry. Missouri can play Kansas at the end of the season annually if they would like.

It's even easier for Syracuse to set aside a non-conference basketball game with Georgetown, and since the Big East schedule is what it is, they don't always play twice now.

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Supposing this report is true, here's how I'd align the Big T'ixteen into divisions:

WEST DIVISION

Illinois Fighting Illini

Iowa Hawkeyes

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Missouri Tigers

Nebraska Cornhuskers

Northwestern Wildcats

Purdue Boilermakers

Wisconsin Badgers

EAST DIVISION

Indiana Hoosiers

Michigan Wolverines

Michigan State Spartans

Ohio State Buckeyes

Penn State Nittany Lions

Pittsburgh Panthers

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Syracuse Orange

(I hate splitting Indiana and Purdue, but Purdue is just farther west than Indiana)

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If the Big Ten takes three Big East schools, i can see the Irish coming in and bumping Missouri to get into the Big Ten.

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Expansion in the Big Ten & Pac-10 will come from this list. Simple as that:

AAU

Brandeis University (1985)

Brown University (1933)

California Institute of Technology (1934)

Carnegie Mellon University (1982)

Case Western Reserve University (1969)

Columbia University (1900)

Cornell University (1900)

Duke University (1938)

Emory University (1995)

Georgia Institute of Technology (2010)

Harvard University (1900)

Indiana University (1909)

Iowa State University (1958)

The Johns Hopkins University (1900)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1934)

McGill University (1926)

Michigan State University (1964)

New York University (1950)

Northwestern University (1917)

The Ohio State University (1916)

The Pennsylvania State University (1958)

Princeton University (1900)

Purdue University (1958)

Rice University (1985)

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (1989)

Stanford University (1900)

Stony Brook University-State University of New York (2001)

Syracuse University (1966)

Texas A&M University (2001)

Tulane University (1958)

The University of Arizona (1985)

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (1989)

University of California, Berkeley (1900)

University of California, Davis (1996)

University of California, Irvine (1996)

University of California, Los Angeles (1974)

University of California, San Diego (1982)

University of California, Santa Barbara (1995)

The University of Chicago (1900)

University of Colorado at Boulder (1966)

University of Florida (1985)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1908)

The University of Iowa (1909)

The University of Kansas (1909)

University of Maryland, College Park (1969)

University of Michigan (1900)

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (1908)

University of Missouri-Columbia (1908)

University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1909)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1922)

University of Oregon (1969)

University of Pennsylvania (1900)

University of Pittsburgh (1974)

University of Rochester (1941)

University of Southern California (1969)

The University of Texas at Austin (1929)

University of Toronto (1926)

University of Virginia (1904)

University of Washington (1950)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison (1900)

Vanderbilt University (1950)

Washington University in St. Louis (1923)

Yale University (1900)

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You know, some of those members joined the AAU after they joined the Big Ten. (Michigan State, I'm looking at you.)

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Remember while Oregon is AUU, Oregon State is that state's only university to hold the Carnegie Foundation's designation for universities with "very high research activity." OSU also is Oregon's land, sea, sun and space grant university. Wazzu is lesser than OSU.

Stanford may (and should) be a deciding factor into who joins the Pac-10. Heck, they had their spring game at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium to try to gain more of the SF market from Cal. Brilliant.

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Why should Stanford be the gatekeeper for a revenue-generating athletic conference? Nobody's really doing this for the research crap. It's a cash grab.

"Sorry, guys, you don't have the lofty academic standards required for pretending that idiots who run fast are college students. Try again next time!"

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The Big 10 has sent invites to Notre Dame, Nebraska, Missouri, and Rutgers to join up. That would make for an interesting conference, although Nebraska vs. Wisconsin would get confusing b/c they look alike. Notre Dame fits, Missouri is still Midwest...I don't get Rutgers though. ESPN is reporting that the SEC is considering a response of adding Florida State, Miami, and Texas. This could get interesting....

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I've been reading alot about this in the past few months on a USF Bulls forum I visit. This could be the first of many dominoes to fall.

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I don't think Notre Dame will accept. They have their own TV contract for football, no way they would want to share one.

It will be interesting to see how all this turns out.

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So if Missouri, Nebraska, AND Texas all move out of the Big XII I'm assuming the days of that conference being a major are over. So where does Oklahoma end up? Do they try to pick up the pieces and add smaller schools to the Big XII, making Oklahoma the kings of the conference form here on out? Do they bail out along with everyone else? Where would they go at this point? Maybe the Pac 10? This could get really hectic really quickly. I can't wait to see how this plays out.

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If all of this actually occurs, with teams switching conferences, I think this is what I would like to see happen:

SEC

Florida

Florida State

Miami

USF

UCF

FAU

Texas

Texas Tech

Georgia

Georgia Tech

Tennessee

Alabama

LSU

South Carolina

Ole Miss

Kentucky

Vanderbilt

Mississippi State

Auburn

Arkansas

Big 10

Notre Dame

Missouri

Nebraska

Illinois

Indiana

Iowa

Michigan

Michigan State

Ohio State

Wisconsin

Penn State

Northwestern

Purdue

Minnesota

Kansas

Kansas State

Pittsburgh

Western Michigan

Miami (OH)

Ohio

ACC

Boston College

Clemson

Duke

Maryland

North Carolina

NC State

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

FIU

UMass

East Carolina

Syracuse

West Virginia

Marshall

Louisville

Cincinnati

UConn

Temple

Boise State

Pac 10

Arizona

Arizona State

USC

UCLA

Washington

Washington State

Stanford

Oregon

Oregon State

Cal

Fresno State

Hawaii

Utah

Utah State

Colorado

Colorado State

Nevada

UNLV

San Jose State

BYU

Big 12

Texas A&M

Texas Tech

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State

Baylor

Iowa State

Tulsa

UTEP

Tulane

Houston

New Mexico

Wyoming

TCU

Western Kentucky

North Texas

Middle Tennessee

Idaho

Toledo

Bowling Green

Akron

Big East

Army

Navy

Air Force

Arkansas State

Louisiana Lafayette

Louisiana Monroe

Troy

Louisiana Tech

Florida A&M

Georgia State

South Carolina State

....and 9 other teams that probably will suck

Essentially it rules the Big East useless, but still a Division 1 Conference. The Big 12 is drastically weaker, but Oklahoma still has SOME competition. No doubt OU is the big loser in this scenario though. Then you have the SEC and Big 10 being the premier power conferences with the ACC and Pac 10 still solid. Each 20 team conference would break into 10 team divisions, thus forcing a Conference Championship game for everyone.

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