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Not real confident in the source. The guy has been throwing some stuff out there for sometime now. That and there hasn't been so much as a peep from another reputable source since this came out jan 18. Remember the UMD RU week, there was plenty of smoke leading to those announcements
This post was edited by JDpsu 15 months ago
No. When I saw the source, I instantly became uninterested.
This post was edited by getmyjive11 15 months ago
I'm sure others are more up to date on this, but I always thought the top science and engineering schools in the Big Ten were (1) Michigan, (2a) Illinois, (2b) Penn State, and (3) Purdue. Georgia Tech would be in the same group as Illinois or PSU.
This post was edited by Cambria Nittany 15 months ago
Someone is throwing a lot of crap up against the wall and seeing what will stick.
This post was edited by RRR56 15 months ago
UVa and UNC seem like the possible choices. Not sure if it will be this week, but I imagine sometime this spring it will finish up. The money grab continues and these schools are all just shopping themselves around trying to find the best deal. From a football standpoint nothing is really gained by adding either school IMO. Basketball gets a huge boost with UNC as well as many other second tier sports.
"One man didn't build this program and one man sure as hell cannot tear it down."
Very true..But get ready for some snobby attitudes according to some VT fans I know...
Game played with a basket and the skulls of vanquished foes
According to US News (FWIW, but a lot of people cite them as the standard), Illinois, Michigan, and Purdue are top-10 programs. Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Maryland are also ranked ahead of Penn State at #25.
Its always fun to imagine how these scenarios could play out. If we plan to go to 16, we might as well go to 20 instead and make a last ditch effort to reel in Delaney's White Whale. Under the proposed arrangement The B1G could bolster academics, expand their footprint into the South, and boast the premier Volleyball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Wrestling, Hockey and Basketball Conference in the land. Football and baseball would also get a nice infusion of talent as well.
B1G 20/ 4 Pods of 5 Teams Each.
Under this scenario ND gets regular games in both New England and NY/NJ while maintaining long standing rivalries with both MSU and Purdue.
Mid Atlantic Pod:
This Pod groups the 4 ACC Schools together with PSU and has a nice contiguous geographical flow. This is a dream recruiting set up for PSU with regular games in MD, VA, and GA. All of which are priorities for PSU Recruiters.
Above all else this preserves "The Game" as well as NW/Illini, Indiana/Illini, and OSU/Illini Rivalries.
Perfect in every way. KU brings great BBall and AAU Membership to the table. Getting around the Big 12 Grant of rights could prove a difficult obstacle, but not impossible IMO.
The question will always be how do you get around ND's individual demands? I'd allow them to keep their NBC Contract but pair it with a lesser share of BTN Money for their football team not appearing with the same frequency as other members. That's it. No less games in conference or other major concessions.
I disagree about your take on the "football standpoint" and this adding no benefit. We would get to see Switzer get smashed in the mouth by Bell. That's enough for me.
"PSU a 3 to 4 win team" - New-era, September 2012
I like what you have there in terms of the teams being added to make 20. For me, I would like them to be divided like this:
Pod 1) PSU, BC, Rutgers, MD, UVA
Pod 2) OSU, Mich, MSU, UNC, GT
Pod 3) ND, Ind, Pur, NW, Ill
Pod 4) Wisky, Iowa, Neb, Minn, KS
I understand that the pods aren't exactly balanced in terms of competition, but I think that keeping teams regionalized is more important, especially since each Pod will be joined with another to form a division each year.
I hate UVA and partly for just that.
I think "stick soccer" would be more accurate.
I have family that practically lives on campus so I might hit that game should any of this be true - that way I could see them in their ties (so pretentious) at the game first hand..
I'll take ties and sundresses over blaze orange and cammo any Saturday. UVA has a great academic reputation and can field some good sports teams. They are also interested in expanding beyond their traditional liberal arts education by developing their research programs. Finally, they have a great medical school that brings in millions of dollars in research money each year. We have enough land grant, cow colleges in the big ten. No need to add another farm school to the big.
I traveled to the PSU/UVA game thus year and found the UVA fans gracious and hospitable. Some UVA fans in my section were rooting for Ficken to make the game winning field goal because they felt bad for him and didn't think UVA deserved the win. I can live with that in the big ten.
Wow..That's encouraging - they definately are not rabid football fans if even some were rooting for Ficken to make a field goal..
91 grad here from Maryland (DC/metro) area.
Lacrosse has always been popular down here through the Baltimore/DC corridor. However, it was always a private school sport. 10 years ago it exploded in the burbs as public schools made it a sanctioned sport. Participation just keeps on growing for boys and girls.
It did hurt participation in the spring sports like baseball. But kids tell me they prefer it better because it's faster paced. I didn't attract me so my kids do not play it (my oldest is 12). He plays baseball.
Also, My UMD friends downhere worry about where maryland's lacrosse teams will play. If the B1G adds more acc schools then that should solve the problem.
Hockey is in the same situation that lacrosse was 15 years ago. It's always been a prep sport but many of the public schools have formed club teams. Another 5 years and the public schools might sanction it. If the AD at UMD manages the B1G windfall fall some hockey parents i talked to are hoping UMD will eventually field a hockey team. They are so jealous of what Peluga did for Penn State.
This post was edited by leo91 15 months ago
It's interesting that we added two of the biggest money losers in college athletics in UMD and RU. I know for RU, the extra Big Ten money likely will not even make them a self-sufficient athletic department. They are already on a shoestring budget, which will likely increase when they come to the Big Ten. From what I read about UMD, they are in just as bad, if not worse of a position. They will really need a lot to go right before they can think about the commitment it would take to endow 30 scholarship positions ($20-25 million) plus whatever cost it would take for equipment, coaching and the facility.
They probably didn't even know a football game was going on.
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