Should the Big 10 Expand To 12 Teams?

Sean ParkerContributor IMay 5, 2009

SAN ANTONIO - DECEMBER 29:  Head Coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the Valero Alamo Bowl on December 29, 2007 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  Penn State won 24-17.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Recently, Penn St. coach Joe Paterno suggested that the Big 10 should expand to 12 teams to make it more competitive during bowl season.  Paterno suggested adding either Pitt, Rutgers, or even Syracuse.  The last attempt for an expansion was to lure Notre Dame to the conference in 1999, but was not successful.

Recently, Big 10 President Joe Delaney refuted the idea, saying, "While a Big 10 championship would benefit marketing and revenue; its still not a valid reason to expand the conference because it hasn't helped the ACC or the WAC." This is ridiculous! 

The Big 10 and, to a lesser extent, the Pac 10 need to either expand and add a championship game to the season to conform to the other automatically qualified conferences, or lose automatic qualifying privileges.  The Pac 10 could add Fresno St. and Utah, and the Big 10 could add Notre Dame or Pitt. Both are teams that would benefit each conference greatly. 

Refusal should prompt the BCS to remove either conference's status as automatic qualifiers. They should then be replaced by either the WAC or the MWC.

Should the Big 10 expand, they should change the conference's name to the Big North and change the Big 12 to the Big South conference to avoid confusion.