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Wednesday, April 21, 2010
News, notes and factoids from the BCS meetings

By staff

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It was cloudy and in the mid-60s -- brrrrrr! -- here today at the Royal Palms Resort, and that is the most shocking thing coming out of the second day of the BCS meetings.

Big Ten expansion plans revealed!

"There has been no change in our timetable," commissioner Jim Delany said. "There are no announcements here. And there are no notifications here. We're still on a 12- to 18-month time frame."

Delany's announcement that there will be no announcement -- and probably none anytime soon -- likely tossed a wet blanket on anything "earth-shattering" (Delany's term) happening before everyone packs up and goes home Thursday afternoon.

So much for a cataclysm rocking college football. At least this week.

A few interesting side notes, though.

While Delany mildly scolded reporters for some of the expansion speculation that's been all the rage over the past weeks and months, that's not going to stop anyone from trying to read the tea leaves and predict where things are going.

Sure, Delany left open the option that the Big Ten will do nothing and remain an 11-team league. But few folks seem to believe that will happen. His insistence that a conference championship game is not the centerpiece of expansionist plans also seemed to indicate that the addition of more than one team is a real possibility.

What does this mean for the Pac-10?

Perhaps nothing. Scott reiterated that he doesn't feel expansion outside of the West Coast would force the Pac-10 to expand.

He also admitted that, much like Delany, he has little -- nothing, actually -- to report on his conference's potential expansion plans. He noted his message is nearly identical since he first was asked about expansion at Pac-10 media day last July.

"If I said anything different since, it hasn't been purposeful," he said.