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Expansion links: Lots of gossip and gamesmanship

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.