SEC Expansion: Big Ten Says It's Happy Where It Is
If the SEC does indeed expand by inviting Texas A&M and a 14th team -- Clemson? Missouri? Florida State? -- you have to believe the Big Ten would follow by adding two more teams as well, right?
Not so fast my friend, as Lee Corso might say.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany told the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein that all is well in the land of three yards and a cloud of dust, and that expansion is not in the cards at the moment.
"We're about as comfortable as we can be with where we are," Delany said. "We've said we will continue to monitor the landscape, but we have closed down active expansion. Every period you look at it, but we don’t expect anything the SEC does to affect us."
According to ESPN.com, two senior athletic administrators from the Big Ten recently said that "to assume the Big Ten will expand just because other major conferences might do so would be a mistake."
The Big Ten also has concerns that other conferences don't when it comes to expansion. From an academic standpoint, the B10 looks for research universities that are compatible to current members.
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