Between podcasts and articles we've dropped a plethora of knowledge on expansion over the last several months. With the recent news out of Big Ten country of Delaney and the league offering Nebraska, Missouri, Rutgers and Notre Dame we figured that our stance is pretty clear and instead of rehashing all the worry, positives, negatives and dooms day scenarios we'd give you a look at the whole picture. A proverbial "what the deal-io" when it comes to expansion.
Just as soon as the news broke yesterday via the Kansas City radio station there came the instant denials from the Big XII schools. That is pretty standard as the athletic departments and academic community need to discuss their options before they accept or turn down the bid. No sense in confirming the offers extension before also deciding to make the conference jump.
Following the Big XII schools' denials of the offers came the Big Ten's denial. The league, through a spokesman, replied that "nothing has changed" sicne the last time Delaney spoke over a week ago on the topic. Much like the Big XII the Big Ten is working to cover their butts, avoid stirring the pot and sending the college football world into the expansion frenzy that we all know is coming.
Dennis Dodd over at CBS gives his muted take on the expansion rumors. The speculation has been building for months and while folks think that their is something to this Dodd reminds us that, much like before, this could likely be a false alarm.
Matt Hinton over at Dr. Saturday takes a less muted approach by blasting the story as an outright unsubstantiated rumor put out there to stoke the fire and push the chaos.
Brian over at BC Interruption gives a less scathing account as he takes the time to ponder how the possible dominoe affect could effect the ACC and more specifically the Eagles.
So rumor or not this story has now grown legs and entering into "day two" of the story folks are going to begin to speculate. With that said we figured we'd give you the run down on all the possible scenarios from every angle that we've covered since season's end.
Conference Expansion: ITB's What's The Deal-IO?
Andrew Garda from The Thundering Blurb discusses the Big East expansion angle and the possibility of the ACC-Big East alliance.
We talked about the SEC, Pac 10 and ACC getting aggressive in expansion to stave off a dictating move from the Big Ten.
Here's the ACC outlook and why their current television negotiations are the most important since 2003.
Barrett Sallee from CFN talks about the SEC's overall power in determining conference realignment. Currently no one has the funds to say no to the SEC.
Sam McKewon from the Nebraska State Paper hits on the Huskers ability to move to the Big Ten and whether or not this is a viable move for the school.
Lastly here's the Notre Dame perspective from our buddy the Subway Domer as he talks about why the Irish won't be a member of a conference.