What’s New in Conference Expansion
The Confidential is going to take a quick look around the conferences to see what is going on in conference expansion news:
The Big 10–the commentators over at Frank the Tank are busy arguing over whether the Big 10 will be taking some of the ACC or all of the ACC. The blog author, himself, is focused on the division realignments with Rutgers and Maryland coming aboard soon enough:
It appears that the Big Ten office is heeding the calls for the “Keep It Simple Stupid” approach of dividing the soon-to-be 14-team conference into East and West divisions, with Michigan State heading East with Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Maryland, the West having Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota and the only debate being where Indiana and Purdue will be placed. IU-PU will then be the only protected cross-division rivalry.
It’s a pretty Big 10 centric place. They are trying to decide whether 14, 16, 20, 80, or 200 teams is best.
The SEC–Mr. SEC has quoted the Missouri athletic director Mike Alden as essentially saying that the SEC will stay at 14 teams unless it decides not to. Sounds like they are not doing anything. Unless they do.
The Pac-12–This conference is in Monopoly jail. Nowhere to go expansion-wise. Unless Texas decides to come west, who would they add? Boise State is not academically suited, nor is UNLV. San Diego State and New Mexico are not worth expanding. BYU is too religious. So much for that.
The Big XII–nothing new to report on this front.
The ACC–nothing new to report on this front, other than the expectations of future pillaging.
The Big East–is now a basketball conference, having added Butler, Creighton, and Xavier. They also have the name The Big East, having taken that from the Big East leftovers. With Marquette and DePaul joining those three in the West, and Georgetown, Seton Hall, Villanova, St. Johns, and Providence in the East, that is not too shabby of a hoops conference.
The Big East leftovers now have a new name– the American Athletic Conference. Tulsa is the latest addition to this group.
Conference USA– is thinking about going to 16 teams. Heck, the Confidential did not even know that they had 14, especially after the American Athletic Conference has taken so many. Western Kentucky will be taking Tulsa’s spot.
Beyond that it just gets way too confusing. Too many moving parts.