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Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:25 am
Edited on: September 7, 2011 12:34 am

Posted by Adam Jacobi

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That makes sense, especially if you don't overthink it (who came up with such an arbitrary number? Is that a hard cutoff? Can we apply for waivers if we want it to be worth 1500 words?). Sometimes, though, a picture only needs to be worth one very long word. Like this picture, for example:

In this instance, for all twelve Big Ten members and their athletic departments' accountants, that one very long word is "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

We kid, we kid. We kid Iowa State because we care. 

In all actuality, the Big 12 is on the brink of collapse, and that's theoretically going to leave a lot of programs up in the air. But odds are very good that between the SEC, Pac-12/16, and Big East, there are enough willing participants in expansion that nobody's going to get "left behind" and end up in a non-BCS conference -- not even ISU or KSU.

But for as much of an arms race as the collegiate alignment landscape is about to become, one conference that we can't quite imagine scooping up a bloc of expat Big 12 programs would be the Big Ten, which had several opportunities to push its membership past 12 last year and this year. Remember all the Big East schools that were associated with the Big Ten, only for Jim Delany to hold firm with adding just Nebraska? Think of it like this: Delany decided not to invite schools like Pitt and Syracuse, and not because he was saving a spot for Iowa State instead.

Man, though. Can you imagine? Iowa State to the Big Ten, and Jim Delany proudly bragging to reporters at the press conference that he had just bolstered all the media markets in the western half of Iowa? The stuff of cold-sweat nightmares for everyone involved in the conference, that is.


Thanks to the enterprising reader who sent that terrifying vision of a dystopian future in. It is a work of art. With any luck, Jim Delany will see it, and the fright will cause the rest of his hair to fall out and he won't have that weird long Power Donut 'do going on anymore. The Power Donut works in one length only: tastefully short but conspicuous. Otherwise you start to look like '80s Larry David or Kevin from The Office or Jon Miller and none of these are good looks whatsoever.


Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 1:15 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Huskermav I don't know how you don't have straight answer. Agriculture research dollars don't count and a high percentage of NU's research dollars are agriculture. Also a medical school/campus located in another city shouldn't count as part of your school anyway regardless of any rules/stipulations. Another interesting thing of note is that all Big 12 members in the AAU (ISU, KU, UT, MU) voted to keep NU in the AAU. Not all Big 10 members did. Also I've checked the U.S. News rankings just about every year and the highest I've ever seen NU is where its at now - 104.

Since: Sep 7, 2011
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:49 pm

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

my thoughts on the Big 10 are these. They already have Nebraska to go to 12. Add Missouri, and either Pittsburgh or West Virginia.Now,

divide into divisions that actually make geographic sense. Example: East- Pitt or Wvu, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State,

Indiana, and Purdue. West- Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin,Minnesota, Illinois, and Northwestern. Any thoughts on this scenario, fans?

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 1:43 pm

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

I accidentally had Purdue twice, Penn State would be in the division with Pitt, Cuse, and Ohio State

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 12:38 pm

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Nebraska actually has a nationally recognized Medical Center, but it's based in Omaha and that doesn't help them.  At the same time, last rankings I checked, Nebraska was in the 90s.  Schools ranked in the 90s aren't in the top 100?  While I won't argue them getting kicked out, the fact that I've had this explained to me three times and it still makes no sense to me is pretty telling about the process to begin with.

No one can really give me a straight answer.  So my natural assumption is that the AAU removal probably doesn't HAVE a straight answer.

Since: Aug 21, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:49 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Yea, who'd want an AAU school who averages over 50,000 fans in football, more than KU, KSU, TT and Baylor.  And a perennial top 20 programs of wrestling, women's volleyball and women's basketball, not to mention getting back to the championship days of men's basketball soon with Coach Hoiberg.   This whole process is a joke.  Seriously?!?!  Someone would think ksu or kansas football is a better option than ISU? 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:42 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

@Squatsburg, he listed Purdue twice.  I'm sure the 2nd Purdue was meant to be PSU.

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: September 7, 2011 9:37 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Iowa State would be headed to Conference USA, Mountain West or the Mid American Conference.  There's no way in hell the Big 10 would take them.  Yet another ridiculous article on this website that leads the sports world in rumors, hypocrisy and inaccuracy.  And when is Florida Atlantic, Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State entering the SEC?

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:23 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

The Big 10 has been very quiet.  Delany is no idiot, so he must be doing something behind the scenes, away from the news media. My guess is he has a plan that does not include Iowa  State.

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: September 7, 2011 8:15 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

Coop-Storm - In your new allignment, the Big Ten (12) added ND, Pitt, Syracuse & Kansas, what happened to Penn State?

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: September 7, 2011 5:50 am

Imagining the Big Ten's worst-case scenario

I'd much rather expand East so the Big Ten can have more of a presence here and so Penn State can actually have some rival instead of half of the league west of the Mississippi. That being said, if we have to go west, replace Iowa State with Kansas. Kansas and Missouri are the two Big 12 teams I would actually want. Of course Notre Dame and Pitt are at the top of my list.

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