Defending The Big Ten Expansion

Moe AContributor IDecember 21, 2009

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 3:  A penalty flag lies on the field during the Fed Ex Orange Bowl  between the Florida State Seminoles and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Dolphins Stadium on January 3, 2005 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Lions won 26-23 in triple overtime. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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It’s that time of the decade again, and the Big Ten Conference might finally decide to add that twelfth and lucky school.  Speculation is rampant, it’s in overdrive, and fans all over the college landscape are threatening to disown the school, or governor or person who throws that school’s name into the provisional hat.

The Big Ten has been called many names too, most challenging its mathematical ability to count properly to the number ten.  Democrats have threatened to turn into Republicans and never vote for that prying governor in Missouri again!  Coaches have come out with fists raised, and basketballs in hand, passionately against any change in conference that could affect the superior hoops traditions that their school plays! 

And on, and so forth, and anything else you may feel about a conference that’s done nothing more than say that it might want a championship game too.

Even Dan Beebe, the commissioner of the Big 12 has made time for any sports reporter who will listen, trying to calm the nerves, take a breath, and let everyone know that his tradition rich conference will emerge completely unscathed.  Well, it’s not quite that simple, or is it?

The Big Ten expansion isn’t about basketball, and it isn’t about the traditions of a numerically correct conference either.  It’s about football.  It’s about conference championships, and BCS Championships, and if you look real close – it’s a little bit about academics too.