WFNI Indianapolis Report: "Sources" Say Notre Dame and Others Could Join Big Ten

Todd KaufmannSenior Writer IJune 10, 2010

SOUTH BEND, IN - DECEMBER 11: Notre Dame atheletic director Jack Swarbrick (R) greets Brian Kelly as he is introduced as the new football head coach at Notre Dame University on December 11, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana.  Kelly most recently led the University of Cincinnati to two consecutive Bowl Championship Series appearances including a perfect 12-0 record this past season. (Photo by Frank Polich/Getty Images)
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According to comments on the Petros and Money radio show (a Fox Sports Radio show), a different radio station, WFNI Indianapolis, reported sources have alleged that Notre Dame, along with Rutgers, Maryland and Syracuse, could be on their way to joining the Big Ten Conference.

The Petros and Money show noted that the WFNI report has not been confirmed by any media sources, or any of the above schools.

WFNI staff contacted Bleacher Report to confirm that the issue was discussed on air at WFNI, but "the idea was scoffed at on air and [never really given] any credence." WFNI staff has not disclosed to Bleacher Report where they initially heard the report that Notre Dame, Rutgers, Maryland and Syracuse could be Big Ten bound.

It's been long rumored the Big Ten wanted Notre Dame, but there have never been any indications from the school, alumni, and former or current players and coaches that there was any substance to the rumors.

There's been no shortage of articles talking about the possibility of Notre Dame joining a conference, although some of the school's fans feel strongly their football team never join the Big Ten, or any other conference.

The report out of Indianapolis comes on the heels of a season full of conference expansion rumors. Last month, a Kansas City radio station reported Notre Dame received a formal invitation to join the Big Ten, which school officials refuted.

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All signs do, however, point to Nebraska joining the Big Ten, according to multiple media outlets, including ESPN. The Nebraska talk has reignited the already warm conference expansion talk.

We're just getting started folks, so buckle up and hold on.

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