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Jim Delany Discusses Expanding Big Ten Conference Football Schedule

The WolverineCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

No, we're not talking about expanding the conference, only expanding the conference schedule. At the Big Ten Media Day, Delany discussed the idea of expanding to a nine-game conference slate. "I would describe them as alive, but I cannot report that there is a clear majority [in favor]. But there is a clear majority that has been willing to discuss it," Delany said.

The pros, of course, include a tougher overall schedule, as teams would be unable to schedule weaker non-conference opponents like Delaware State and Wofford.

However, the Chicago Tribune points out the cons: "A loss of revenue that would result from playing only six home games; one Big Ten team still would play eight conference games because of the math involved; and a tougher schedule would make it harder for teams to reach six wins and qualify for a bowl game."

Delany said he understands the cons, "[b]ut I'm starting to think that while 6-6 and going to a bowl is good, in other cases it's really not a welcome development at all because when a school has a great season, [its fans] might be bowl-fatigued."

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