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Expansion links: Lots of gossip and gamesmanship

4/22/2010

The topic of the week has been potential conference expansion, which is funny because that topic produced no expansion news.

Still, the rumbles and gamesmanship is interesting in itself.

  • Ralph Russo of the AP does a nice job of lining up the issues here.

  • Big Ten expansion could doom Big East football, writes Dick "Hoops" Weiss of the NY Daily News.

  • Of course, writes Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe, the Big East might have its own strategic vision.

  • Dennis Dobb sets the scene and writes "the latest scuttlebutt is that the Big Ten, eventually, may add these five: Nebraska, Missouri, Syracuse, Rutgers and Pittsburgh."

  • While Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany reiterated his expansion plans could take 12-18 months to be completed, others aren't so sure it will take that long, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.

  • Expansion could become a throwdown between the Big Ten and the SEC, writes Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples.

  • John Walters of AOL Fanhouse: Amid all the talk of courtships, Notre Dame remains the fairest -- and most elusive -- prize for the Big Ten.

  • Though delayed, most college football administrators are fretting an expansion ripple effect, writes Chris Dufresne of the LA Times.

  • Missouri continues to get mentioned as a Big Ten target, which naturally concerns the Big 12, notes Vahe Gregorian of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.