Conference Expansion
Posted: 19 November 2012 12:58 AM   [ Ignore ]
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While this is not relevant to the Big 12 (K State)  in the short run, it may have relevance in the not too distant future.

When the ACC increased its exit fee to $50 Million the discussion of ACC members (most notably Florida State and Clemson) abandoning ship to set sale for Big 12 Country fell silent quickly.  (That and the Big 12’s continued affirmation of no interest in expansion)

Now the Sports News world is full of stories describing the Big 10, Maryland and Rutgers as being in the process of making the Big 10 (12) the Big 10 (14).

The surprise to most is that Maryland which has recently had to make deep budget cuts to its athletic programs seems ready willing and able to pay the $50 Million ACC exit fee.

Which is where we get to the Big 12.  With Pitt and Syracuse joining the ACC and Maryland and Rutgers possibly on the way to the Big 10 would this create any kind of financial instability/concern that might start the talk of Florida State and Clemson contemplating leaving the ACC as well?  and if FSU and Clemson considered leaving the ACC,  would there be any possible destination that they would view as favorable (Big 12, SEC)?  and would that favorable destination view FSU and Clemson as favorable additions?

As one who said the $50 Million ACC exit fee should end all talk of conference realignment for the foreseeable future.  I am amazed at how quickly it can start up again with Maryland as the subject.

With Notre Dame making a jump for its Olympic Sports to the ACC rather than the Big 10, perhaps the Big 10 is ready to remove ND from its wish list and go to 14.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2012/11/18/college-realignment-revival/1712805/

 

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Posted: 19 November 2012 11:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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ESPN is reporting the Maryland Board of Regents has voted to accept an Invitation to join the Big 10 Conference and that the Big 10’s Council of Presidents has voted to accept Maryland as the 13th member effective 2014-2015.

ESPN is also resprting that Big East Sources are saying that Rutgers (Big East) will be announced as the 14th member of th Big 10 on Tuesday (tomorrow).


http://espn.go.com/college-sports/story/_/id/8651934/maryland-terrapins-rutgers-scarlet-knights-join-big-ten-sources-say

This puts the conferences at the following membership levels for 2014

SEC 14
Big 10 14
PAC 12 14
ACC 13
Big 12 10

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